- Amazon's new CEO, Andy Jassy, has already started making changes to the direct reports he inherited from outgoing CEO Jeff Bezos.
- He has promoted two new executives, including James Hamilton, a VP and distinguished engineer who closely advised Jassy at AWS.
- Mike Hopkins, SVP of Videos and Studios, was pushed a layer below, under Jeff Blackburn, SVP of Global Media & Entertainment.
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Less than two weeks into his new job, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy is already making his mark on the company with several high-profile changes to his top inner circle of executives.
Jassy, the former CEO of Amazon Web Services, has added two new executives to the list of direct reports he's inherited from former CEO Jeff Bezos, while removing a top entertainment leader, according to an internal org chart obtained by Insider.
VP and Distinguished Engineer James Hamilton, one of the most respected technical leaders at Amazon who played an instrumental role in growing the AWS cloud business, is now part of the Amazon CEO's direct reports. Hamilton is the only full-time executive among Jassy's previous direct reports at AWS to get promoted, following his addition to the company's executive "S-team" earlier this month.
Jassy has also brought back the technical advisor position, a highly coveted role internally known as the "Shadow," which Bezos had stopped keeping in recent years. Sara Duffer, who was Jassy's technical advisor since late 2020, currently holds the job.
Meanwhile, Mike Hopkins, SVP of Amazon Video and Studios, is no longer part of the Amazon CEO's direct reports, as the company had previously announced. He now reports to Jeff Blackburn, a long-time executive who returned this year to lead the newly created Global Media & Entertainment group, which oversees Amazon's video, studios, and video game businesses.
The list shows how Jassy wants to largely keep the same leadership structure as he settles into his new job, while adding engineering expertise, an area of perceived weakness for Jassy, who has no formal technical background.
Hamilton's promotion to the executive S-team is a symbolic move that reflects Jassy's trust and reliance on the long-time engineer, according to a person familiar with the move. Jassy doesn't have an engineering background, unlike previous CEO Jeff Bezos, and he leaned heavily on Hamilton during their time at Amazon Web Services, the person said. Bezos, on the other hand, was less reliant on other engineering execs because he was always confident in his technical chops, the person said.
Jassy, who joined Amazon in 1997, was named Amazon's CEO in February after Bezos, the company's founding CEO, announced his decision to become executive chairman. Adam Selipsky replaced Jassy as AWS CEO.
Amazon's spokesperson declined to comment.
Meet the 13 Amazon executives reporting directly to Jassy:
- Adam Selipsky, CEO of AWS
- Beth Galetti, SVP of People eXperience and Tech
- Brian Olsavsky, SVP & CFO
- Dave Clark, CEO of Worldwide Consumer
- Dave Limp, SVP of Amazon Devices
- David Zapolsky, SVP & General Counsel
- James Hamilton, VP/Distinguished Engineer
- Jay Carney, SVP of Global Corporate Affairs
- Jeff Blackburn, SVP of Media and Entertainment
- Paul Kotas, SVP of Advertising
- Peter Krawiec, SVP of Worldwide Corporate Development
- Sara Duffer, Technical Advisor
- Stacey Pistole, Executive Assistant
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