• CNBC reports that "Amazon confirmed on Monday that Wei Gao, a top grocery executive, is leaving the company.
"Gao most recently served as vice president of grocery tech, product and supply chain. She held a number of roles throughout her 16-year tenure at Amazon, including senior positions on the company’s Kindle and inventory planning teams before becoming a vice president of forecasting." She also served as then-CEO Jeff Bezos's "shadow from July 2018 to January 2020.
The story notes that Gao’s departure "adds to recent turnover among Amazon’s leadership ranks. Last week, Amazon confirmed that Charlie Bell, a top executive in its cloud business, is leaving the company. Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon’s worldwide consumer business, stepped down earlier this year. Wilke was considered a candidate to replace Bezos, who in July handed the role of CEO to cloud boss Andy Jassy.
"Other high-profile female executives have recently departed Amazon. Last March, Maria Renz, who served as Bezos’ first female shadow adviser before becoming vice president of delivery experience, left to join online finance company SoFi. In April, monitoring and security software company Splunk said it hired Teresa Carlson as president and chief growth officer."
• Healthy food retailer Sweetgreen said yesterday that it has hired Wouleta Ayele, most recently the senior vice president of Starbucks Technology Services, to be its new Chief Technology Officer.