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Amazon’s New CEO Will Wake Up On July 5 Fighting Wars On Multiple Fronts

Source | | David Jeans

Andy Jassy will step into the top management role at the technology and retail behemoth Jeff Bezos built on July 5 — 27 years to the day after the outgoing chief executive officer incorporated Inc. 

Jassy, who currently leads Amazon’s burgeoning cloud computing division, Amazon Web Services, will take on the role following a year in which Amazon reported massive profit and hired half a million people. But he will also have to manage intensifying regulatory scrutiny and growing calls from shareholders to improve the company’s diversity practices and impact on civil rights, while helping to integrate and develop entertainment content after Wednesday’s announcement of Amazon’s $8.45 billion acquisition of film studio MGM.

“Andy is well known inside the company, and has been at Amazon almost as long as I have,” Bezos said during his final annual meeting as CEO Wednesday. “Andy will never let the universe make us typical.”

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