Jeff Bezos has announced that he would step down as the chief executive officer of Amazon in the third quarter of 2021. In a letter, Bezos said he would “stay engaged in important Amazon initiatives” but would pivot towards philanthropic initiatives, including his Day One Fund and Bezos Earth Fund, and other business ventures in space exploration (Blue Origin) and journalism (The Washington Post). The 57-year-old executive was further quick to announce Andy Jassy as his successor, who also heads Amazon Web Services – one of Amazon’s most profitable ventures. Similarly, several leaders and tech CEOs took to social media to congratulate Jassy on his new role, and send their best wishes to Bezos.
Among the leaders, Google’s parent Alphabet’s CEO Sundar Pichai was among the first to wish Bezos farewell as the chief officer of Amazon. Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, also congratulated both Bezos and Jassy while noting the latter’s accomplishments. Chairman of the US-based commercial real estate company WeWork and COO of Softbank Marcelo Claure congratulated Bezos on joining the “Executive Chairman” club. Founder of Fable and board member of Spotify Padmasree Warrior also lauded Andy’s for his new role.
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— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) February 2, 2021
— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) February 2, 2021
— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) February 2, 2021
— Padmasree (@Padmasree) February 2, 2021
— MarceloClaure (@marceloclaure) February 2, 2021