Jeff Bezos, the world’s wealthiest man has officially stepped down as the CEO of e-commerce giant, Amazon, after a 27-year run. Bezos is handing over the role to the chief of Amazon Web Services, Andy Jassy.
Infoexpert24 brings you 5 things to know about the new Amazon CEO.
1. Jassy was reportedly considered for the role of CEO at Microsoft and Uber
Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer approached Jassy at one point about replacing him as chief executive of the company. There was also a rumor that Jassy was considered to take over as Uber CEO after Travis Kalanick stepped down in 2017.
2. Jassy has been at Amazon for about as long as Bezos has, for 24 years to be exact
Jassy joined Amazon in 1997, the same year the company went public. The 53-year-old built AWS from the ground up within the past two decades and became CEO of the cloud platform in 2016.
3. Jassy is one of the highest-paid executives at Amazon
He has raked in a total of more than $20 million within the past three years. In 2016 alone, Jassy earned over $36 million while Bezos made about $1.7 million in total, according to CNBC.
4. Jassy is a close confidant of Bezos
Jassy served as a so-called “shadow” advisor to Bezos at one point, joining the chief executive in high-level meetings. In his letter to staff announcing his exit as CEO, Bezos said Jassy will be an “outstanding leader.”
5. He’s outspoken in regard to political and social issues
Jassy has spoken out against the police killings of Black Americans and in favor of court decisions to make it illegal to discriminate against members of the LGBTQ community, among other calls to action. Jassy has also spoken out against former US President Donald Trump’s contempt for Amazon.