Amazon announces new global retail CEO

Amazon has promoted veteran Doug Herrington to lead its global retail business after Dave Clark resigns from his role.

Clark is leaving his role at the ecommerce giant to join logistics technology startup Flexport as co-chief executive in September.

Herrington has been an integral part of Amazon’s successful Amazon Fresh division since its launch 2007. He has since led the company’s North American consumer arm for more than seven years.

“Doug and I have worked together on ‘S-team’ [Amazon’s senior leadership team] since 2011. He is a builder of great teams and brings substantial retail, grocery, demand generation, product development, and Amazon experience to bear,” Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said.

“He’s also a terrific inventor for customers, thinks big, has thoughtful vision around how category management and ops can work well together, is a unifier, is highly curious, and an avid learner.

“I think Doug will do great things for customers and employees alike, and I look forward to working with him in this leadership role.”

Amazon also said it would rename its consumer division to the Worldwide Amazon Stores businesses.

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