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Amazon executive overseeing push for brick-and-mortar stores leaves company


The Amazon Go grocery store at Amazon headquarters in Seattle, Washington.

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Amazon recently lost a senior executive who oversaw the company’s growing brick-and-mortar division.

Cameron Janes, Amazon’s vice president of physical retail, left the company on Tuesday, according to his LinkedIn profile.

“After more than 14 years, today is my last day at Amazon,” Janes wrote in a LinkedIn post on Tuesday. “The experiences and opportunities that Amazon has provided me have nothing short of life changing.”

Amazon has confirmed Janes’ departure.

Janes held positions in multiple divisions during her tenure at Amazon, including overseeing teams for the Prime Video streaming service, the Kindle e-reader, and the hapless Fire phone. Janes helped launch Amazon’s brick-and-mortar bookstore chain before she began handling most of the company’s physical retail offerings.

Janes was responsible for the day-to-day operations of Amazon’s cashless Go stores, as well as the technology powering those stores, called “Just Walk Out,” which the company installed in its Fresh supermarkets and select Whole Foods stores. Amazon now sells checkoutless technology to third-party retailers, allowing it to expand beyond Amazon’s own physical footprint.

Janes reported directly to Dilip Kumar, vice president of physical retail and Amazon technology, who developed and launched Amazon’s Go stores and cashless technology, and also oversees experimental grocery technology. from Amazon, such as its Dash smart cart and fingerprint scanners.

It’s unclear where Janes is headed next. He is also not the only high-level executive to have left Amazon’s grocery division in recent months. Wei Gao, who was Amazon’s vice president for grocery technology, products and supply chain, left in August for London-based online events start-up Hopin.

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