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Amazon loses two black executives: Alicia Buller-Davies and David Bozeman

Amazon loses two black executives: Alicia Buller-Davies and David Bozeman

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Amazon He loses two senior executives who lead warehouse and transportation.

Alicia Boler-Davis, senior vice president of Global Customer Meeting and a member of the company’s leadership team, and David Bozeman, vice president of Amazon Transportation Services, are leaving the company, according to people familiar with the matter. Both were among the company’s few top black CEOs. Amazon has made progress in diversity within its executive ranks in recent years, but only 5.5% of its top leaders remain black as of the end of 2021, according to Company Data.

The latest departures come after Amazon announced earlier this month that Global Consumer CEO Dave Clark will resign on July 1. On Tuesday, Amazon CEO Andy Gacy announce Longtime Amazon CEO Doug Herrington will take over as the new CEO of Amazon Global Stores.

Gacy also said Amazon has changed the name of the consumer business to Amazon Stores, adding that it will bring the group’s operations under one leader, John Felton.

Boler-Davis and Bozeman decided to “explore new opportunities outside of Amazon,” according to an email from Felton seen by CNBC.

Boler-Davis, who joined Amazon in 2019 from general motors, was a contender for the job that was given to Felton. In the email, Felton said she was a “fantastic and influential leader during an unprecedented time.” She is also the only black member of Amazon’s “S Team”, the company’s senior leadership team.

The business unit in Bozeman oversaw transportation, including trucks and flexible delivery drivers.

Felton’s email read: “Dave has been with Amazon for over five years and has helped the rapid expansion of Amazon Transportation, particularly during Covid.” “He has been instrumental in building and developing our middle mile network and preparing us for success.”

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Fulton’s email went on to say he wanted to “unite the teams” and thus “organize teams around safety, fulfillment centers, transportation, emerging countries, robotics, supply chain technology, and global transportation.”

CNBC technology reporter Annie Palmer contributed to this report.