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Amazon says it's still committed to diversity even though it now has no top black leaders, report

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Amazon CEO Andy Jassy. Reuters/ Mike Blake
Amazon CEO Andy Jassy. Reuters/ Mike Blake
  • Amazon lost two top black executives amid a management shakeup on Tuesday.
  • CEO Andy Jassy addressed their departures in a memo to staff, CNBC reports.
  • Amazon's top-level executive team now has no black executives on it.
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Amazon's CEO Andy Jassy sent a memo to staff on Tuesday night addressing the departure of two of its top black executives, CNBC reports.

SVP of global customer fulfillment Alicia Boler-Davis and VP of Amazon Transportation Services David Bozeman left the company amid a wider management shakeup, according to an email obtained by Insider

Boler-Davis was the only black executive on Amazon's top-level "S-Team," which was established to advise former CEO and founder Jeff Bezos.

Alicia Boler-Davis is one of two senior Black executives to depart Amazon this week. Marcus Ingram/Getty Images
Alicia Boler-Davis is one of two senior Black executives to depart Amazon this week. Marcus Ingram/Getty Images

"It's not lost on any of us that we're losing two of our most senior black leaders," Jassy wrote in the memo, as published by CNBC.

"I am (as I know the rest of s team is) committed to continuing to hire and develop black senior leaders, as well as leaders in other under-represented segments," he added.

"We have a lot of meaningful leadership roles at the company, and we're working hard to become as diverse and inclusive as we desire," Jassy said.

Amazon did not immediately comment on the authenticity of the memo when contacted by Insider. In a previous statement to Insider's Gabrielle Bienasz, however, an Amazon spokesperson pointed to a copy of the same memo that was obtained by GeekWire.

Amazon reported as of December 2021 66.4% of people in "senior leader" positions are white, and 76% are men. By comparison its lowest-level "Field and customer employees" are 26.6% white, and 50.3% are women.


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