Amazon's future is in flux under new CEO Andy Jassi

Here's a rundown of essential news on Amazon, including the latest hires and exits, as well as in-depth information on the AWS cloud business, new robot and drone projects, and the company's controversial performance-improvement plans.

Amazon's future is in flux under new CEO Andy Jassi
Andy Jassi

Amazon is in the midst of the biggest leadership change in its history. It has put the future in flux and sowed seeds of doubt about the largest e-commerce and cloud-computing company in the Western world.

Can the massive $1.6 trillion sales growth continue in 2020 after a huge pandemic? Shares have remained stable over the past year, while the rest of the stock market roared ahead. A new CEO is Andy Jesse, who recently took over from founder Jeff Bezos. Will Jassi run the tech giant as well as his former boss?Here's a rundown of essential news on Amazon, including the latest hires and exits, as well as in-depth information on the AWS cloud business, new robot and drone projects, and the company's controversial performance-improvement plans.

With Jassi becoming CEO and Bezos becoming acting chairman this year, there have been scuffles for leadership positions beneath him, as well as several departures.Dave Clarke became CEO of Amazon's worldwide consumer business, taking over from Jeff Wilke, who left the company this year. Clarke oversees everything from Amazon's warehouse and shipping networks to marketing and the Prime membership program.

Adam Selipsky took over from Jassi as CEO of Amazon Web Services, the company's cloud-computing operation. Charlie Bell, a veteran cloud executive, has left, while James Hamilton, a distinguished engineer, was named to the mighty S-team.