Amazon.com’s top media executive Jeff Blackburn plans to retire in early 2023, the e-commerce giant said Friday.
The company said the media and entertainment businesses, led by Blackburn since last May, will be overseen by two current executives, Mike Hopkins and Steve Boom, who will report directly to Chief Executive Officer Andy Jassy.
The companies include Prime Video, Amazon Studios, Music, Audible, Games and Twitch.
Blackburn, who also served as a senior vice president at Amazon, joined Amazon in 1998 and guided the company through its IPO with Deutsche Bank.
He left Amazon briefly in February 2021 before returning again in May 2021.
“I’ve decided to spend 2023 differently, give more time to family, and I feel strongly that this is the right decision for me,” Blackburn said.
Over the past year and a half, Blackburn has been a key figure behind the success of shows such as Rings of Power, as well as the purchase of movie studio MGM this year, Amazon said.
Meanwhile, Amazon witnessed mass layoffs in November this year, which are now claimed to extend into next year, as stated by CEO Andy Jassy. The company has informed workers in its unit and book divisions of layoffs. A few employees were also offered a voluntary buyout offer.
Amazon has already announced that it would lay off about 260 corporate workers at various facilities in the state. For those who are laid off, Amazon offers severance pay. It is one of the many technology companies to witness mass layoffs this year. Meta and Twitter also announced job cuts in November, laying off thousands of employees.