• Amazon announced yesterday that Adam Selipsky, a longtime Amazon executive who left the company in 2016 to become CEO of Tableau Software, is returning to become CEO of Amazon Web Services.
He succeeds Andy Jassy in the role, as Jassy moves up to succeed Jeff Bezos as CEO of the entire company later this year.
The Wall Street Journal writes, "In a note to employees announcing the hire, Mr. Jassy called Mr. Selipsky 'customer obsessed,' a phrase often repeated at Amazon and one Mr. Bezos would often put at the center of the company’s ethos. The cloud business, which had $51 billion in annual sales and grew at a rate of nearly 30% in the fourth quarter, is set to continue expanding, Mr. Jassy said."
The Journal goes on: "Originally one of the first vice presidents hired in 2005 to work at Amazon Web Services, known as AWS, Mr. Selipsky worked closely with Mr. Jassy in his 11 years at Amazon and was a key executive who helped build out the cloud-computing unit. He ran the team that built the first visual interface for AWS. By the time he left, he was running marketing, sales, support, business development, partner alliances and international expansion, a role akin to a chief operating officer."
• Loblaw announced that its president, Sarah Davis, will retire on May 6 and be succeeded by executive Chairman Galen G. Weston, who will become chairman and president in addition to his current role as chairman and CEO at George Weston Ltd.
The company also announced that Robert Sawyer, who has served at both Metro and Rona as COO during his 40 years as a retailer, will join Loblaw as Chief Operating Officer.
And, Richard Dufresne, President/CFO of George Weston Ltd., will expand his responsibilities to include becoming CFO of Loblaw on May 6, 2021.