Jeffrey Preston Bezos pass the hand. The founder of Amazon announced Tuesday, February 2, that he would cede the role of CEO of the e-commerce giant in the third quarter of this year, while remaining chairman of its board. His successor will be Andy Jassy, current head of Amazon Web Services, the group’s cloud arm, which is one of the most profitable.
“I will remain involved in the big decisions of Amazon”, wrote Jeff Bezos in a letter to his employees, while having “time and energy” to focus on his philanthropic works (the Day One Fund and the Earth Fund), his aerospace company Blue Origin and the daily Tea Washington post, which he owns.
Amazon emerges greatly strengthened from a year of pandemic which has exploded online commerce and remote computing needs (cloud). Its net profit doubled in the fourth quarter of 2020 to $ 7.2 billion. Jeff Bezos was until recently the richest man in the world, before being overtaken by Elon Musk, boss of Tesla, according to calculations by the Bloomberg agency.