Amazon’s consumer business chief Dave Clark announced Friday that he is leaving the company after 23 years. He did not say what the next step would be, and the company did not immediately name a successor.
“It’s time for me to rebuild,” he said Say in a note on Twitter. His last day is July 1st.
Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, said in an email He said to company leadership that he expects to receive an update on succession planning “in the next few weeks.”
“The past few years have been some of the most challenging and unpredictable times we have faced in the history of Amazon’s consumer business,” Mr. Jassy said. “I am especially grateful to Dave for his leadership during that time.”
Mr Clarke rose through Amazon’s operations to oversee one of the largest capital investments in the company’s history as the company began developing its own infrastructure to fulfill and deliver orders by air, truck and van. Under his leadership, the company’s workforce ballooned to more than 1.6 million.
At the same time, Mr Clarke’s model has come under increasing pressure. Policymakers and employees have questioned the company’s hiring model, which offers an average minimum wage of more than $18 an hour but relies on large numbers of workers cycling in and out of the company. Workers in Staten Island voted to unionize this year, and the company is competing.
The company’s latest financial results show Amazon overextended its warehouse and labor capacity beyond customer demand as pandemic-fueled e-commerce growth fades. The company’s executives said it was looking to rebalance its spending.
“Our team is fully focused on improving productivity and cost efficiency across the fulfillment network,” Mr Jassy said in a statement at the time.
Mr. Clark is an active defender of Amazon.in a tweet He has since removed that last year he angered independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who backed workers trying to unionize. “I often say we are the Bernie Sanders of employers, but this is not entirely true because we actually provide a progressive workplace,” Mr Clarke wrote. In another tweet, which was deleted, he wrote that Mr. Sanders should “save his finger-wagging speech until after he’s actually delivered it in his own backyard.”
Over the past two years, Amazon’s top ranks have undergone the biggest change in its history. After longtime executive Jeff Wilke retired, Mr. Clark was promoted to run the consumer business. Then Amazon founder Jeff Bezos stepped down as CEO last year and named Mr. Jassy his successor.
Under Mr. Bezos, Mr. Clark has a lot of autonomy to build Amazon’s business. Mr. Jassy, who built and ran Amazon’s cloud computing business before becoming CEO, has been digging into parts of the company that were not previously under his direct control.he swore to solve systematically employees’ concerns.
Last fall, Mr. Clark moved from Seattle, where Amazon is headquartered, to Dallas, where the company has no major corporate presence, a sign some at the organization see as a sign that his time at the company may be coming to an end.