Jeff Bezos says will pass baton to new Amazon CEO on July 5

He will become executive chair at Amazon and focus on new products and initiatives.

May 27, 2021 09:14 am | Updated 09:17 am IST - New York

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (File Photo.)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (File Photo.)

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has picked a date to step down as CEO.

Mr. Bezos, who grew Amazon from an internet bookstore to an online shopping behemoth, said on Wednesday that Amazon executive Andy Jassy will take over the CEO role on July 5.

Also read: Who is Andy Jassy, the next CEO of Amazon?

“We chose that date because it’s sentimental for me,” Mr. Bezos said during an Amazon shareholder meeting on Wednesday. He explained that it was exactly 27 years ago on that date in 1994 that Amazon was incorporated.

Seattle-based Inc. announced that Mr. Bezos was stepping down as CEO in February , but didn’t provide a specific date. Mr. Jassy, his replacement, currently runs the company’s cloud-computing business.

Mr. Bezos, 57 and with a personal fortune of $167 billion, won’t be going far.

He will become executive chair at Amazon and focus on new products and initiatives. He also plans to focus on his other ventures, such as his rocket ship company, Blue Origin, and his newspaper, The Washington Post .

On Wednesday, Amazon also announced it would buy storied Hollywood studio MGM for $8.45 billion with the hopes of filling its video streaming service with more shows and movies to watch.

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