Meet the top employees at Amazon and click through the org chart to explore a breakdown of every team including Worldwide Consumer, Amazon Web Services, and Amazon Devices.
Unlike many other tech companies, Amazon’s executives at the highest level have remained largely unchanged over the last couple years. CEO Jeff Bezos has put together a fiercely loyal group of executives at the top of the company, with many of them having stayed at Amazon for years, if not decades.
Bezos’ S-Team is a tight-knit group of around 20 senior executives that run Amazon and meet on a regular basis. S-Team members don’t necessarily report directly to Bezos as they move around the company leading different projects. The group sees very little turnover and this stability is often cited one of the key reasons for Amazon’s success.
The most recent departure from the S-Team was Diego Piacentini who left the company in December 2018 after taking a 2-year hiatus to work with the Italian government. He had previously led Amazon’s international business and reported directly to Jeff Bezos.
Bezos newest direct report is Wei Gao, a female executive of Chinese descent, who has been VP, Technical Advisor to CEO since July 2018. The technical adviser, also known as Bezos’ “shadow,” is a highly coveted position because the person gets to accompany the CEO to all of his meetings.
Jeff Bezos direct reports are the following:
- Jeff Wilke, CEO, Worldwide Consumer
- Andy Jassy, CEO, Amazon Web Services
- Dave Limp, SVP, Amazon Devices
- Jeff Blackburn, SVP, Business and Corporate Development
- Brian Olsavsky, SVP, Chief Financial Officer
- David Zapolsky, SVP, General Counsel
- Beth Galetti, SVP, Human Resources
- Jay Carney, SVP, Corporate Affairs
- Wei Gao, VP, Technical Advisor to CEO
Amazon has struggled with diversity among its top ranks. Just two of Bezos's direct reports are women and almost all of the top executives at its consumer-facing businesses, like retail, cloud, and hardware, are white men. The company has recently made some moves to increase diversity on it's board of directors which could lead to changes to the executive team as well.
The company recently elected Indra K. Nooyi, former CEO of PepsiCo and one of the few women of color leading a Fortune 500 company, as a director of the Company. She becomes the second woman of color on Amazon's board after Starbucks COO Rosalind Brewer also joined the board earlier this month.
Amazon's leadership team will once again be under the spotlight this year, since stability at the top is considered one of the key reasons for Amazon’s success.