|Amazon.com Names Jeffrey A. Wilke Vice President-General Manager of Operations|
SEATTLE, September 3, 1999--Leading online retailer Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) today named Jeffrey A. Wilke as its vice president-general manager of operations. Wilke was formerly vice president and general manager of AlliedSignal's Pharmaceutical Fine Chemicals unit, a $220 million business with 750 employees.
Joining AlliedSignal during its Total Quality revolution in 1993, Wilke moved through a series of increasingly complex operational and general-management leadership roles. As Total Quality matured into Six Sigma, Wilke led process-improvement teams, optimized a global logistics network for an electronic-components business, implemented world-class inventory-planning processes, and led the recent efforts to focus on key customers in the rapidly growing pharmaceutical marketplace. Wilke was directly responsible for 15 plants/distribution centers in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
"We are extremely excited to have Jeff join our team at Amazon.com," said Joe Galli, president and chief operating officer of Amazon.com. "Jeff is truly a world-class operations executive and a high-potential general manager. We look forward to bringing Jeff's Six Sigma and operations-management skills to the Amazon.com team. He truly shares our passion for customer service."
"Amazon.com is the pioneer of e-commerce," said Wilke. "I'm delighted to be a part of Amazon.com's efforts to build the world's most customer-centric company. We're currently building out a distribution network that will play a key role in providing our customers the best end-to-end shopping experience."
Prior to AlliedSignal, Wilke was an Information Technology consultant with Andersen Consulting's Financial Systems group. He is a 1989 graduate of Princeton University with a B.S.E. in chemical engineering and has an M.B.A. and Master of Science in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Galli also announced the resignation of chief logistics officer Jimmy Wright, who came out of retirement in July 1998 to lead in the development of Amazon.com's supply chain and distribution operations. Wilke will report directly to Galli and will succeed Wright. "With some effort, we coaxed Jimmy out of retirement to help us build a world class distribution system, and we wish him the best," Galli said. "He's left a legacy-both systems and people-that will contribute to our success for years to come."
About Amazon.com, Inc.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), the Internet's No. 1 music, No. 1 video, and No. 1 book retailer, opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest SelectionTM with online auctions, toys, electronics, free electronic greeting cards, and more than 4.7 million book, music-CD, video, DVD, and computer-game titles. Amazon.com seeks to be the world's most customer-centric company, where people can find and discover anything they may want to buy online. As part of its efforts to provide the best shopping experience for customers, Amazon.com provides secure credit-card payment, personalized recommendations, streamlined ordering through 1-ClickSM technology, and hassle-free auction bidding with Bid-ClickSM.
Amazon.com operates two international Web sites:
www.amazon.co.uk in the United Kingdom and www.amazon.de in Germany. Amazon.com also operates PlanetAll (www.planetall.com), a Web-based address book, calendar, and reminder service. It also operates the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com), the Web's comprehensive and authoritative source of information on more than 150,000 movies and entertainment programs and 500,000 cast and crew members dating from the birth of film in 1892 to the present. Amazon.com also operates LiveBid.com (www.livebid.com), the sole provider of live-event auctions on the Internet.
In addition, Amazon.com has invested in leading Internet retailers that are improving the lives of customers by making shopping easier and more convenient: drugstore.com, an online retail and information source for health, beauty, wellness, personal care and pharmacy, at www.drugstore.com; Pets.com, the online leader for pet products, expert information, and services, at www.pets.com; HomeGrocer.com, the first fully integrated Internet grocery-shopping and home-delivery service, with operations in Seattle and Portland, Oregon, at www.homegrocer.com; and Gear.com, which offers brand-name sporting goods at prices from 20 to 90 percent off retail, at www.gear.com.
This announcement contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, Amazon.com's limited operating history, anticipated losses, unpredictability of future revenues, potential fluctuations in quarterly operating results, seasonality, consumer trends, competition, risks of system interruption, management of potential growth, risks related to auction services, and risks of new business areas, international expansion, business combinations, and strategic alliances. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended
December 31, 1998 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 1999 and June 30, 1999.
Amazon.com, Amazon.com Auctions, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Internet Movie Database, PlanetAll, Earth's Biggest Selection, Bid-Click, and 1-Click are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc., or its affiliates. All other names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.