Steve Kessel, one of Amazon’s longest-serving executives and the man behind Kindle,e-reader plan to leave early next year., told his team of the move in an internal email. His plans of departure was reported earlier by technology news site GeekWire.
Dave Clark, who oversees Amazon’s massive logistics and delivery operation and the Prime membership program, will inherit leadership of Amazon units that currently report to Kessel.
That includes some of the company’s most high-profile projects, including the Amazon Go cashierless convenience stores, the quick-delivery Prime Now program and the Whole Foods Market chain Amazon purchased in 2017. Clark, himself a longtime Amazon executive, is among the most outspoken of the company’s tight-knit group of executives, frequently taking to Twitter to tout milestones and push back against Amazon’s critics.