Amazon WW Consumer CEO Clark Steps Down


Dave Clark, CEO of Amazon’s Worldwide Consumer operation, is stepping down from the company after 23 years.

According to a Friday (June 3) announcement from Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, Clark is leaving the company “to pursue other opportunity.” His last day will be July 1.

A former music teacher, Clark joined Amazon’s Operations Pathways program in May 1999, straight from his MBA program. He served as an operations manager in the state of Kentucky and general manager for the Northeast and before moving to Amazon’s Worldwide operations.

Among the milestones on Clark’s watch: last year’s announcement that Amazon was set to become the country’s largest delivery service, surpassing UPS, FedEx and the post office.

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Clark also wrote to President Joe Biden last year, pledging his company’s support in helping get COVID-19 vaccinations delivered.

He noted that Amazon’s size “allows us to make a meaningful impact immediately in the fight against COVID-19, and we stand ready to assist you in this effort.”

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Clark told the president Amazon was prepared to use its “operations, information technology and communications capabilities and expertise” to help with the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine work.

“The past few years have been among the most challenging and unpredictable we’ve faced in the history of Amazon’s Consumer business, and I’m particularly appreciative of Dave’s leadership during that time,” Jassy said.

He added that he expects to have news about the company’s succession plans over the next few weeks.

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