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•  From CNBC:

"Amazon has lost two high-profile executives who helped oversee the company’s hardware efforts.

"Gregg Zehr, president of Amazon’s hardware research and development group, known as Lab126, has retired, the company confirmed to CNBC. Zehr is credited with inventing the hugely successful Kindle e-reader.

"Tom Taylor, senior vice president of Amazon Alexa and a member of CEO Andy Jassy’s elite S-Team, is also retiring, Amazon said. Both Taylor and Zehr spent well over a decade at the company."

CNBC notes that "for Jassy, it marks the latest high-profile exits at a time when Amazon is staring down a multitude of challenges, from soaring inflation to slowing sales. Heather MacDougall, Amazon’s workplace health and safety chief, departed the company in September. In July, public policy chief Jay Carney left to join Airbnb, and 23-year Amazon veteran Dave Clark resigned as retail chief a month later."

“We have strong succession plans for all businesses, and both these positions were backfilled with strong internal leaders some time ago,” an Amazon spokesperson.