Dave Limp, who served as senior vice president of devices and services at American online retailer Amazon and is responsible for voice assistant Alexa and smart speaker Echo, plans to retire after more than 13 years with the company. His departure will be a significant event for the company, especially in light of recent events changes in the leadership team.
Letters from CEO Andy Jassy and Limp himself have been published on Amazon’s official website, in which they discuss their imminent departure. Jesse emphasized that Limp will continue in his role for several months and the company plans to announce his successor in the coming weeks.
Amazon’s Limp division deals with popular products like the Echo smart speakers and voice assistant Alexa. However, it recently ran into difficulties: In November, Limp announced that some employees would be laid off.
Limp discreetly commented on his decision:It’s time“. He added: “I’ve been doing this job (manufacturing and selling consumer electronics) for more than 30 years on and off. I like it, but I want to see the future from a different perspective. I’m not sure yet what it will be, but I do know for sure that it won’t be consumer electronics related“.
The company plans to hold its next devices and services event on September 20, Limp previously announced on its LinkedIn page. In his letter, he also clarified that he would be staying with the company for a few more months and that they had many plans for fall products.
Limp’s farewell to Amazon symbolizes a time of change for the company. His role in developing key products like Alexa and Echo makes his departure particularly notable. As Amazon continues to adapt to these changes, it will be interesting to see what innovations and strategies Amazon will introduce in the near future.