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•  GeekWire reports that REI has hired Cameron Janes, most recently a vice president at Amazon working on its physical retail businesses, including Amazon Go, as its new senior vice president, chief commercial officer.

The story notes that "Janes previously spent more than 14 years at Amazon … He departed last month.  Janes, a competitive cyclist and son of a former park ranger, will take up a newly-created executive role at Seattle-based REI, a retail giant in the outdoors industry. He starts Jan. 3."

•  The Wall Street Journal reports that ride-hailing firm Lyft has hired Elaine Paul, most recently CFO and vice president of finance at Amazon Studios, to be its new CFIO, succeeding the retiring Brian Roberts.  Paul, the story notes, "previously served as CFO of video-streaming service Hulu and before that spent nearly two decades at Walt Disney Co. in senior finance, strategy and business development roles."

Her move to Lyft means that Paul "joins a growing club of finance executives who previously worked as divisional CFOs at Amazon and have left the retail giant to take on the top finance job at another company," the Journal writes.