Amazon announced that Jeff Wilk, chief executive of Consumer Worldwide, at Amazon, Decided to retire in the first quarter of 2021, the second most important “Jeff” in Amazon, as Wilk oversees many of the high-priority business lines at Amazon, and was considered a potential successor to CEO Jeff Bezos.
According to the verge, Wilk joined the company in 1999 and helped build Amazon’s logistics operations, being appointed in charge of the company’s global consumer business in 2016.
It was time for me to explore the personal interests that have occupied a back seat for more than two decades, he said in a note to employees Friday, according to the Wall Street Journal, adding that he was focusing on preparing Amazon for the upcoming shopping season.
In an email to employees, Bezos said that Wilk set the company up to succeed in his absence, referring to him as a “professor.”
“Jeff’s legacy and influence will last long after his departure,” Bezos wrote, adding, “He is simply one of those people without whom it would not be possible to fully identify Amazon.”
Wilk is among several senior Amazon executives who recently announced that they are leaving the company.
Vice President of Robotics Brad Porter announced last week that he would leave to join an artificial intelligence company.
Peter Voshall, a distinguished engineer at Amazon Web Services, retired in February, and Paul Viola also left Amazon earlier this year.
Perhaps Dave Clark, senior vice president of retail operations at Amazon, will succeed Wilk, who has a reputation for visiting Amazon warehouses to assess whether people are working hard enough, earning him the nickname “the sniper.”