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Amazon executive Jeff Blackburn speaks at his alma mater, Dartmouth College, in 2015. (Dartmouth / Eli Burakian Photo, used with permission.)

Another Jeff is moving on from his longtime Amazon executive role, filling out the picture of what has become a massive leadership transition at the tech giant.

杰夫Blackburn, the senior vice president who played a key behind-the-scenes role as one of Jeff Bezos’ top lieutenants for more than two decades, is leaving Amazon as of today, following一年长的休假, he wrote in a message to Amazon’s senior leaders, posted to the company’s intranet and obtained by GeekWire.

“I’m not retiring and will have news on what’s next for me soon,” Blackburn wrote.

The company isn’t saying where Blackburn is expected to land next, but Bezos made it clear that it’s not likely to be a subject of contention.

Blackburn “has kept me in the loop on his next chapter, and I can assure you it’s a very exciting one!” Bezos wrote in his response, also posted Tuesday to the Amazon intranet. “I predict that Jeff will be every bit as amazing in his new role as he’s been in all his roles at Amazon. Easy prediction. Big congrats to you, Jeff.” [See full messages from Bezos and Blackburn below.]

Much has changed in Amazon’s executive suite in Blackburn’s year away.

  • Bezos本月宣布计划担任首席执行官在今年第三季度,转向作为执行主席的角色,由Andy Jassy替代于长期的亚马逊网络服务领导者。
  • 杰夫Wilke, Amazon’s Worldwide Consumer CEO,announced in Octoberthat he would be leaving in the first quarter of this year, replace by Dave Clark, the former head of worldwide operations.

Blackburn showed his sense of humor in his message to the senior leadership team, or s-team, joking about one challenge that his departure will resolve.

“The ‘too many Jeff’s’ bug that’s been bothering many of you for two decades has been fixed!” he wrote. “Over the years, we’ve always had multiple Jeff’s on s-team—Jeff Wilke, Jeff B, myself, and for a time Jeff Holden. It’s actually how I became “jblack” to many of you and to employees across Amazon. Wilke’s retirement meant one less Jeff, and today, I’m taking it down to just the original.”

Like Wilke, Blackburn had been viewed previously as a potential successor to Bezos as CEO, not for continuity of first names, but for depth of experience. As Blackburn noted in memo, his association with Amazon started when he was a junior investment banker at Deutsche Bank, assigned to work on the Amazon IPO. During his more than 21 years of active work at the company, Blackburn led key businesses including Amazon’s third-party sales, Prime Video, Amazon Music and Amazon Advertising, working alongside Bezos on key business initiatives.

In his message Tuesday, Blackburn recalled one pivotal moment: “In early 1998, I was told by the legendary CFO Joy Covey, that the website might become more than books… ‘you need to just come up here now, trust me’. Wow, you mean like Tapes & CDs & VHS? Done.”

Amazon exec Jeff Blackburn (right) talks with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on the sidelines of a Monday Night Football game in Seattle in December 2019. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper)

他还沿途宣战了公众挑战。2018年,布莱克本面临着亚马逊Studios员工的批评,因为他据报道,他们认为在暴徒骚扰指控下的工作室首席Roy价格辞职的情况下的讨论。与员工发言,布莱克本“试图将这种情况作为一个已经进行的一个已经进行大胆的新战略的组织,”但他的信息“让一些员工感到沮丧,”新闻出版信息reported at the time

One effect of Blackburn’s departure will be to give Jassy a chance to reshape more of the Amazon leadership team as he assumes the reins as CEO later this year. A key announcement that has yet to be made by the company is who will succeed Jassy as CEO of AWS, the company’s fast-growing and profitable cloud division.

在他对领导团队的信息中,布莱克本说他希望他推动他们和亚马逊“更加大胆,看到围绕角落,想想大,”在他的任期里。“与核心业务一样强大的职位,因为它是迄今为止的,我知道这就是我们在未来十年内从你那里想要的东西。”

这是Blackburn的消息,其次是Bezos的回复,它发布到亚马逊的Intranet。

Steam: I have an important update for you all, one I know you’ve been waiting on for a long time. The “too many Jeff’s” bug that’s been bothering many of you for two decades has been fixed! Over the years, we’ve always had multiple Jeff’s on s-team—Jeff Wilke, Jeff B, myself, and for a time Jeff Holden. It’s actually how I became “jblack” to many of you and to employees across Amazon. Wilke’s retirement meant one less Jeff, and today, I’m taking it down to just the original.

I am officially leaving Amazon today. In late 1996, I was a junior investment banker at Deutsche Bank, assigned to a potential Amazon IPO project. I did the excel models, wrote chunks of the AMZN IPO prospectus, etc. One of the things that sticks with me to this day is that I was the one who carried all the team’s heavier bags during our three weeks of global travel. There was no Zoom or Chime, so it was quite a grueling process back then.

1998年初,我被传奇的CFO Joy Covey告诉我,该网站可能会变得不仅仅是书......“你现在需要在这里出现,相信我”。哇,你的意思是录像带和cds&vhs?完毕。

我此后很快就加入了亚马逊。我会和你一起做大量建筑 - 3P市场,并购和Busdev团队,A9,广告,亚马逊音乐,盛年视频,亚马逊工作室。在我的22年里,我想认为我从未停止帮助携带那些较重的袋子。更新的举措,我们团队采取了额外勇气和长期思考的举措。我希望,在边缘,我推动了S-Team和亚马逊更加大胆,看到了角落,想大。随着它的核心业务,它是迄今为止的强大的一个位置,我知道在未来十年内客户将从您身上想要的。

Gotrifurif的新S-Team领导者已经进入了这些大角色,并继续建立和大胆发明。我欣赏过去11个月的领导力:观看公司在Covid期间执行的令人惊讶 - 你的团队在最需要的时候提供亚马逊的最佳状态。

I want to thank you all for your friendship, teamwork, and support. What an amazing 22 years it has been together – I will cherish it, forever. I’m not retiring and will have news on what’s next for me soon.

Of course, today, I am formally giving up “jblack@”. I have just one request—that I forever stay “jblack” in the halls of Amazon. It’d be an honor,

-Jeff.

It was a lucky day for us when you got assigned to that IPO roadshow. Watching you as that junior investment banker, it was easy to see your wicked smarts — fully on display. But who knew you’d be so driven by a relentless urge to invent and pioneer? From marketplace and advertising to the launch of Prime Video and Amazon Studios, you’ve been a builder. And you’ve helped all of us in everything — not just the things you directly led. You have judgment and your viewpoint is never redundant. When you talk, I find myself leaning in and listening carefully — always.

Thank you for more than two decades of leadership. For pushing us all to keep exploring. For carrying all of those bags.

Though it’s not quite ready to be shared, jblack has kept me in the loop on his next chapter, and I can assure you it’s a very exciting one! I predict that Jeff will be every bit as amazing in his new role as he’s been in all his roles at Amazon. Easy prediction. Big congrats to you, Jeff.

Your friend always,

杰夫

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