Amazons consumer CEO Jeff Wilke to retire early next year.

Amazon.com Inc said its longtime executive and consumer chief Jeff Wilke plans to retire after more than two decades with the company, Dave Clark, another Amazon veteran who has run the retailers supply chain and delivery operations, will step into Wilkes role, mentioned by the company. Wilke aims to retire in the first quarter of next year to explore personal interests, he said in a note to staff.

Wilke joined Amazon as vice president in 1999 when the young company still sent corporate workers to help pack orders during the holiday shopping season. Whereas now he overseas a range of businesses including online and physical stores and the loyalty club prime, which helped amazon to become world’s largest internet retailer.

Wilke, aged 53, is Amazons second highest-ranking officer along with Andy Jassy, who is the chief executive of the company’s cloud computing division. That made Wilke a contender to take over the top job from Bezos, if he were to leave. Bezos who became the worlds richest person said in another note, ‘’ Wilkes legacy and impact will live on long after he departs”.

Wilke mentions in his note that he does not have a new job and is “ as happy and proud of amazon as ever, but he does wants to move on and step aside for others.

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