Amazon is losing two black executives, including one on the leadership team

Amazon is losing two black executives, including one on the leadership team

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Amazon is losing two top executives who run warehousing and transportation.

Alicia Boler-Davis, senior vice president of global customer fulfillment and a member of the company’s management team, and David Bozeman, vice president of Amazon Transportation Services, are leaving the company, according to people familiar with the matter. Both were among several leading black company executives. Amazon has made progress in terms of diversity in its executive ranks in recent years, but still only 5.5% of its senior leaders were black by the end of 2021, according to the company.

The latest departures came after Amazon announced earlier this month that World Consumer CEO Dave Clark would resign on July 1. On Tuesday, Amazon CEO Andy Jassi announced that long-time Amazon CEO Doug Herrington would take over as the new CEO of Worldvideo Amazon Stores.

Jesse also said that Amazon is changing the name of the consumer business to Amazon Stores, adding that it will also bring the task force under one leader, John Felton.

Boehler-Davis and Bozeman “decided to explore new possibilities outside the Amazon”, it is stated in the e-mail from Felton, which was reviewed by CNBC.

Boler-Davis, who joined Amazon in 2019 from General Motors, was a candidate for the job given to Felton. She was “an impressive and influential leader through an unprecedented time,” Felton’s email said. She is also the only black member of Amazon’s “S-team”, which is the company’s senior leadership team.

Bozeman’s business unit oversaw modes of transportation, including vans and Fleck drivers.

“Dave has been with Amazon for more than five years and has helped spread Amazon Transportation quickly, especially during Covid,” Felton’s email said. “He has been instrumental in building and developing our mid-mile network and encouraging us to succeed.”

Felton’s e-mail further said that he wanted to “unite teams” and therefore “organize teams around security, fulfillment centers, transport, developing countries, robotics, supply chain technology and global transport”.

CNBC technology reporter Annie Palmer contributed to this report.

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