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Amazon Names AWS & Consumer CEOs

Andy Jassy has been named CEO for Amazon Web Services, simultaneous with Jeff Wilke being named CEO for Amazon Worldwide Consumer.

If our spreadsheet has given us the correct total, that makes for three CEOs at Amazon, counting top dog Jeff Bezos.

"This is not a reorganization but rather a recognition of the roles they've played for a while," according to an Amazon blog post Thursday. The positions are new; the two men were previously senior VPs of the two groups.

In a letter to shareholders Wednesday, Bezos said AWS has grown faster in its ten years than Amazon.com itself was at its tenth birthday. Amazon's e-commerce business reached $100 billion revenue this year, while AWS is on track to hit $10 billion annual revenue in 2016.

The move identifies the two men as potential successors to Bezos, according to Bloomberg Technology. And that's true -- but sometimes the obvious candidate for successor doesn't get the job. For example, at Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), company President Rob Lloyd was widely considered heir apparent to CEO John Chambers as he neared retirement, but the job instead went to Chuck Robbins. (See Cisco's Robbins to Replace Chambers as CEO.)

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