Amazon CEO Jassie sends internal letter: admits to losing two highest-level African-American executives

According to reports, on Tuesday evening local time, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy (Andy Jassy) sent an internal email admitting that the company lost two African-American executives, who were responsible for warehouse operations and logistics operations.

Jassy thanked the two executives, saying they left a very important contribution to Amazon, and he was very saddened by their departure.

Earlier, Amazon officially announced that two African-American executives will leave, namely Alicia Boler-Davis, senior vice president responsible for global customer order delivery, and Amazon shipping. David Bozeman, vice president of services.

Over the past two years, Amazon has made improvements in talent acquisition, hiring more black senior executives at the eighth and tenth levels (internal levels), Jassy said in the email.

Earlier this month, Amazon also announced that Dave Clark, the head of global consumer business, will leave on July 1. On Tuesday, Amazon announced that executive Doug Herrington would take over Clark’s consumer business as head of “Amazon’s global store business.” It is reported that Davis, the above-mentioned resigned African-American executive, was also one of the candidates to replace Clark.

There are not many African-American executives at Amazon, Davis and Bozeman are two of them. In addition, Amazon has a top decision-making level, called the “S team,” Davis is the only African-American member of this team.

Amazon has made progress in the (racial) diversity of its senior executives over the past few years, but as of the end of last year, blacks made up only 5.5 percent of all senior executives, according to data released by the company.

“We still have a lot of work to do,” Jassy said in an email.

The following is the content of Jassy’s email:

You may have seen the company’s high-level personnel announcement today, and it should be pointed out that two executives, Davis and Bozeman, have decided to leave Amazon. Both of them have made significant contributions to the company, and I am saddened by their departure.

Davis joined Amazon at a time when the company was going through a frantic period of growth with the launch of next-day Prime (free shipping),
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We could not have nearly doubled our order delivery network (warehousing network) in the past two years without Davis’ tenacious leadership. Davis has brought a lot to the company over the past three years, and she is also an important member of the company’s S team, and I am very grateful for her contribution and work.

Likewise, Bozeman, who has been with Amazon for more than five years, has built our “middle mile logistics network,” which is an important part of Amazon’s logistics business.

Without Bozeman’s leadership and guidance, Amazon wouldn’t have the logistics network it has today.

I have a lot of respect for both Davis and Bozeman, we will miss them both, and I know they will be very fortunate for the company they both work for next.

Over the past two years, Amazon has made progress in hiring black executives at the eighth and tenth levels, but it is clear that Amazon has lost two of its highest-ranking black executives this time around.

Some company adjustments tend to bring other changes, and balancing these changes is challenging, but myself and the rest of the S team will continue to recruit African-American senior executives, as well as other currently underrepresented ethnic groups. executives.

At Amazon, we have many important leadership positions, and we are doing everything we can to be more diverse and inclusive. We still have a lot of work to do. We will be cautious on the one hand, and make the right decisions that benefit consumers and the company on the other.

Please share the contents of this letter with the rest of the team.