“Intel, Microsoft, Oracle — you see this pattern,” he said.
Even before the founder left, he said, executives felt a business was moving into a new era.
“People had the idea that Jeff was going to transform and that made people start thinking about other options,” he said, adding that as companies get big, executives often have may see less bureaucracy and more financial viability if they leave.
“We have had and continue to enjoy significant retention and continuity of leadership at the company,” said Chris Oster, Amazon spokesman. The average tenure is 10 years for vice presidents and more than 17 years for senior vice presidents, he added.
Mr. Bezos has long promoted the longevity of congressmen. At a forum in 2017, an employee asked him about the lack of diversity in his senior team, known as the S-Team, which is almost exclusively white and male, and Mr. Bezos said that that’s a benefit his top deputies have. by his side for many years.
Any transition in the team, he said, would “take place very incrementally over a long period of time”.
In recent years, Mr. Bezos has retreated from much of Amazon’s day-to-day business, focusing instead on strategic projects and outside ventures, like the space startup. His own, Blue Origin, gave his deputies more autonomy.
Mr. Bezos, 57, is recalling everyday problems in the early days of the pandemic. But in February, he announced that he planned to step down from running Amazon and become executive chairman of the company’s board. On July 20, he is scheduled to fly in his rocket company’s first manned aircraft.
Mr. Bezos’ departure comes not long after Mr. Wilke, long seen as a potential successor, announced his departure.