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Amazon CEO tells staff it is still committed to diversity after a management shakeup left it with no top Black executives, report says

SVP of global customer fulfillment Alicia Boler-Davis and VP of Amazon Transportation Services David Bozeman left the company amid a wider management shakeup, according to an email obtained by Insider.

“It’s not lost on any of us that we’re losing two of our most senior Black leaders,” Jassy wrote in the memo, as published by CNBC.

“I am (as I know the rest of s team is) committed to continuing to hire and develop Black senior leaders, as well as leaders in other under-represented segments,” he added.

“We have a lot of meaningful leadership roles at the company, and we’re working hard to become as diverse and inclusive as we desire,” Jassy said.

Amazon did not immediately comment on the authenticity of the memo when contacted by Insider. In a previous statement to Insider’s Gabrielle Bienasz, however, an Amazon spokesperson pointed to a copy of the same memo that was obtained by GeekWire.

Amazon reported as of December 2021 66.4% of people in “senior leader” positions are white, and 76% are men. By comparison its lowest-level “Field and customer employees” are 26.6% white, and 50.3% are women.

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