Amazon consumer leader Dave Clark will join Flexport as its new CEO

Dave Clark, senior vice president of Amazon operations worldwide.

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Launch of Flexport supply chain software has hired Dave Clark, Amazon’s worldwide consumer leader, as its new CEO.

Clark will take over the helm of Flexport on Sept. 1, Flexport announced Wednesday. Flexport founder and CEO Ryan Petersen will take over as CEO in March 2023. Clark will also join the Flexport board in September.

The news comes just days after Amazon announced that Clark will step down as CEO of its global consumer business on July 1. Amazon has not named a replacement for Clark, but CEO Andy Jassy said the company will release an update “in the next few weeks.”

Clark wrote in a post on LinkedIn that Flexport has sought to integrate “technology and the physical world” to address a range of challenging supply chain issues that are troubling businesses around the world.

“For all of the above reasons, and countless others, I’m looking forward to moving into the role of CEO at Flexport in September,” Clark said. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with an amazing team to build a company-leading rocket ship focused on architecture and building solutions to the most complex supply chain problems with world-class technology for the physical world.”

In a statement, Petersen said: “Over the past two decades, Dave has helped bring Amazon to the pinnacle of technology and supply chain as it is today. He is a builder and entrepreneur at heart, with leadership experience that will lead Flexport to the most exciting phase of our journey.”

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Petersen founded Flexport in 2013 because he believed there needed to be a better way to manage the flow of goods transported on ships, planes, trucks and railways transported around the world. The company’s freight forwarding and brokerage services are in the cloud, allowing it to quickly and accurately analyze costs, container efficiency, and greenhouse gas emissions like legacy systems.

Clark, who has worked for Amazon for more than two decades, brings to Flexport deep expertise in logistics and compliance systems. It expanded Amazon’s storage network from just a few facilities to a huge footprint that touched almost every corner of the U.S. Clark has also built Amazon’s transport arm into the juggernaut, which includes a fleet of planes, trucks and vans that are more and more at home and fewer. depending on external carriers such as U.S. Postal Service and UPS.

Clark was one of a handful of top executives at Amazon who reported directly to CEO Andy Jassy. But Clark has faced a number of challenges at Amazon over the past few years, especially as the company struggled to cope with a flood of demand fueled by a coronavirus pandemic.

Demand for e-commerce has slowed recently and the company’s rapid physical expansion has affected Amazon’s last quarterly profit. Clark’s consumer division has been tasked with returning to a “healthy level of profitability” amid rising costs and slowing growth.

– CNBC Riley de León contributed to this story.

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