Amazon has named three new executives, including the first Black member, to join its top leadership council known as the S-team. The company also announced the departure of Jeff Wilke, the top lieutenant to Jeff Bezos, who was widely viewed as a likely successor to be CEO.
- The new S-team executives are Alicia Boler Davis, a GM veteran and Amazon's VP of global fulfillment; e-commerce services VP Dave Treadwell; and delivery executive John Felton.
- Boler Davis is the first Black executive and fourth woman on Bezos’ leadership group, which historically has been largely white and male. The elite group, comprised of 26 members, manages day-to-day operations and meets regularly with Bezos to discuss important business matters.
- Following criticism of its lack of diversity, Amazon implemented a rule that it would add more women and people of color to fill vacancies on its board of directors.
- Wilke, Amazon’s second-highest-ranking officer alongside AWS head Andy Jassy, will retire early next year after spending 19 years with the company.
- He will be replaced by Dave Clark, Amazon senior VP for worldwide operations, who also started in 1999.
- Amazon has declined to comment on rumors that Wilke would be Bezos' successor.
- Wilke is also a member of the S-team. In a company memo, he said he's retiring "to explore personal interests that have taken a back seat for over two decades."