Jeff Wilke, the chief executive of Amazon’s vast consumer business, said Friday that he planned to retire early next year after more than two decades with the company, in a rare changing of the guard at the top of the e-commerce giant.
Wilke, 53, has been one of two chiefs of specific businesses at Amazon who report to Jeff Bezos, the company’s founder and chief executive. (The other is Andy Jassy, who leads Amazon’s cloud computing division.)
Wilke is the most senior executive to leave Amazon amid a wave of departures from Bezos’ leadership team in recent years, with the men who built the company retiring or turning to other ventures. Dave Clark, 47, the senior vice president who has run Amazon’s operations, including its logistics and supply chain, will take over Wilke’s role.