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Stepping Down From His CEO Title, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Shows His Human Side By Pursuing His Passions

Source | | Jack Kelly

During the pandemic, it became common for people to reevaluate their job and career choices. As we saw family, friends and work colleagues contract Covid-19 or succumb to the disease, it made us think deeply about our own lives. 

One of the biggest questions we ask ourselves is if we are pursuing a passion that offers meaning and purpose. It stokes the internal conversation of, “Can I remain doing the same job for the next five, 10 or 20 years?” 

For many people, it’s time to consider pivoting to a new career or reinventing themselves. Being human, we all go through this thought process. It doesn’t matter if you’re a minimum-wage worker or Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.

On Tuesday, Bezos, the richest person in the world, said he’s ready to step down from his title as chief executive officer. In a company blog post, Bezos wrote, “I’m excited to announce that this Q3, I’ll transition to executive chair of the Amazon Board and Andy Jassy will become CEO.” Bezos added, “In the exec chair role, I intend to focus my energies and attention on new products and early initiatives.” 

To relieve any concerns, he said about Jassy, “Andy is well known inside the company and has been at Amazon almost as long as I have. He will be an outstanding leader, and he has my full confidence.” Brian Olsavsky, chief financial officer of Amazon, was quick to say to investors, “I will reiterate [Jeff Bezos] is not leaving.” Olsavsky added, “He’s going to be executive chairman, super important role, super active in the Amazon success story.”  

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