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Diego Piacentini. (Amazon Photo)

CNBC reported Tuesday that Diego Piacentini, a longtime Amazon executive who took a 2-year hiatus in 2016, will not return to the company.

Piacentini spent 16 years at Amazon, most recently running the company’s international consumer business arm. He was among the highest-paid employees and stock owners when he left in 2016 to work in Rome for the Italian prime minister. Piacentini, who previously was an executive at Apple for 13 years, planned to return in 2018.

CNBC reported that Piacentini is one of at least 15 Amazon executives to depart this year — a high number for any company, but particularly for Amazon, where leaders who work closely with CEO Jeff Bezos tend to stick around. But their experience running various parts of Amazon’s business is certainly attractive to other tech companies.

Amazonians have jumped ship for companies such as WeWork, Airbnb, Snap, Zillow, Zulily, Tesla, and others this year.

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