Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Wednesday congratulated Jeff Bezos and his successor Andy Jassy on their new roles after Amazon founder announced his decision to step down later this year as the company’s CEO.
Mr Bezos said he would step up as executive chairman in the third quarter, handing over the role of CEO to Andy Jassy, who runs Amazon Web Services.
The top Indo-American leader also sent his best wishes for two of the outgoing CEO of Amazon’s passionate projects – the Day 1 Fund and the Bezos Earth Fund.
– Sundar Pichai (undsundarpichai) February 2, 2021
Mr Bezos, in a letter to Amazon employees, said he “would remain engaged in important Amazon initiatives” but would move towards philanthropic initiatives, including his Day One Fund and Bezos Earth. Fund, and other commercial ventures in space exploration and journalism.
Executives and prominent figures from other major companies around the world sent their congratulations to Bezos and Jassy via Twitter.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, highlighting Mr. Jassy’s accomplishments, said “a well-deserved recognition of what you have accomplished”.
– Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) February 2, 2021
Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, also took to Twitter to say that Amazon “couldn’t be in better hands.”
Congratulations @ajassy! Amazon couldn’t be in better hands. ????
– Marc Benioff (@Benioff) February 2, 2021
Mr Bezos, 57, founded Amazon in his garage in 1994 and has gone on to make it a colossus that dominates online sales, with operations in music and TV streaming, grocery shopping, cloud computing, robotics, artificial intelligence and more.
Mr. Jassy joined Amazon as chief marketing officer in 1997 and in 2003 founded AWS, the company’s cloud services division, which was one of the tech giant’s most profitable but lesser-known units.