Amazon’s chief consumer, Dave Clark, will join Flexport as the new CEO

Supply chain software start-up Flexport contacted Dave Clark, Amazonglobal consumer manager, to fill the role of new CEO.

Clark will take over the helm of Flexport on September 1, Flexport announced Wednesday. Flexport founder and CEO Ryan Petersen will transition to the role of executive chairman starting March 2023. Clark will also join the Flexport board in September.

The news comes a few days after Amazon announced Clark will step down as CEO of his global consumer business on July 1. Amazon hasn’t named a successor to Clark, but CEO Andy Jassy said the company will have an update “in the coming weeks.”

In a LinkedIn post, Clark wrote that Flexport worked to integrate “technology and the physical world” to solve a number of difficult supply chain problems that rank companies globally.

“It is for all of the above reasons and countless others that I am looking forward to transitioning to the Flexport CEO role in September,” said Clark. “I am fortunate to have the opportunity to collaborate with an incredible team that is building a spaceship for the client of a company focused on architecture and building solutions to the most complicated supply chain problems through a technology of world-class for the physical world. “

Petersen said in a statement, “Over the past two decades, Dave has helped scale Amazon into the technology and supply chain behemoth it is today. He is a builder and entrepreneur at heart, with the leadership experience that will lead Flexport into the business. most exciting phase of our journey “.

Petersen started Flexport in 2013 with the aim of finding a better way to do this manage the flow of goods which are loaded onto ships, planes, trucks and railways transported around the world. The company’s freight forwarding and brokerage services are in the cloud, allowing it to analyze costs, container efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions quickly and with greater accuracy than legacy systems.

Clark, who has worked at Amazon for more than two decades, brings deep experience in logistics and logistics systems to Flexport. He built Amazon’s warehouse network from a few facilities to a huge footprint that touches almost every corner of the United States. Clark was also responsible for Amazon’s transportation giant, which now covers fleets of planes, trucks and vans that are increasingly internal, and less dependent on external carriers like the US Postal Service and UPS.

Clark was one of the few top executives within Amazon, reporting directly to Jassy, ​​the CEO. But Clark has encountered numerous challenges in his later years at Amazon, especially as the company struggled to handle a surge in demand spurred by the coronavirus pandemic.

Demand for ecommerce has slowed recently, and the company’s rapid physical expansion has dented Amazon’s latest quarterly earnings. The consumer division was instructed to return to a “healthy level of profitability” between rising costs and slowing growth.

– CNBC Riley de Leon contributed to this story.

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