Amazon names grocery veteran to head consumer business


Sam Silverstein, GroceryDive

June 22, 2022


Dive Brief:


·         Amazon has named Doug Herrington, a longtime company executive who helped establish its grocery-delivery business, as CEO of its Worldwide Amazon Stores division, the retailer announced Tuesday.

·         Herrington will replace Dave Clark as head of the unit, formerly known as Amazon Worldwide Consumer. Clark is leaving Amazon July 1 to become chief executive of supply chain technology startup Flexport.

·         Amazon is elevating Herrington as the company strives to boost its financial performance and become more efficient in the face of inflation, rising labor costs and other headwinds.


Dive Insight:


Herrington brings a wealth of online retail experience to his new role, which will put him in charge of a large chunk of Amazon’s operations, including the delivery infrastructure that sits at the heart of the e-commerce giant’s business.


Herrington has served as senior vice president of Amazon’s North American consumer operations since 2015, according to his LinkedIn profile. He launched the company’s AmazonFresh grocery business in 2007, two years after joining the company to develop its consumables business, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said in announcing Herrington’s appointment.


AmazonFresh, which began as a small-scale service in Seattle and expanded to Los Angeles in 2013, formed the foundation of the grocery-delivery business and subsequent store chain that Amazon runs today…