Update: Airbnb announced Tuesday afternoon that Greg Greeley, a longtime Amazon executive who most recently led Amazon Prime and delivery services, has joined Airbnb to lead its Homes business. Greely will also oversee Airbnb Plus and other recently launched special programs.
Greeley announced his departure in a LinkedIn post but didn’t share details on his next role.
“It has been an amazing and inspirational experience, but the time has come for me take on a different challenge,” Greeley said of his tenure at Amazon.
GeekWire has reached out to Amazon to comment on Greeley’s departure and any plans to fill the role. We will update this post when we hear back.
Greeley was an early key executive at Amazon. He joined the company in 1999, two years after its IPO and in the midst of its expansion beyond selling books. For the next five years, he held several high-ranking finance positions at the company.
In 2004, he became the VP of worldwide media and then led Amazon’s expansion into Europe. He went on to lead Prime and delivery experiences starting in 2013, overseeing significant expansions in the company’s delivery infrastructure and rolling out new delivery models and services.
In his post, Greeley attributed his interest in Amazon to CEO and founder Jeff Bezos’ infamous 1997 letter to shareholders. Read Greeley’s full post below.
It’s hard to believe it has been over 18 years since I joined Amazon. It has been an amazing and inspirational experience, but the time has come for me take on a different challenge. It was Jeff Bezos’ heartfelt 1997 Letter to Shareholders that ultimately drew me to Amazon, and I have not regretted that decision for even a nanosecond. That letter described a unique approach for a public company, and the vision it contained was even more powerful than I fully understood at the time. With a relentless focus on customers and eight clearly defined long-term principles, it has been the foundation for a phenomenal business and I truly believe, even now, it is still Day 1.
Those who have read that letter know it speaks of employees joining with the desire to build something that matters to customers, something we can tell our grandchildren about. That has certainly been the case for me, and is still the case for those joining today. Amazon is a company where you really can help invent the future, a company where builders can build, a company where you have a unique opportunity to work hard, have fun, and make history.
I am deeply thankful to the tens of thousands of Amazon team members that I have been fortunate to work with. It has been an honor and a privilege. Thank you!
— Just months after selling Paul-Allen backed customer data startup Appuri to DocuSign, CEO Todd Owens has left the company. Owens has joined cloud automation company Azuqua as its new CEO, Azuqua announced Tuesday.
In his new role as Azuqua’s CEO, Owens fills the shoes of the company’s founder and former CEO Nikhil Hasija. Hasija will now serve as Azuqua’s chief product officer.
Owens has formerly held executive positions at cloud tech company Oracle and served as the CEO and president of TalentWise for ten years, overseeing its sale to Sterling Talent Solutions in 2016. He joins Azuqua shortly after the company raised a $10.8 million Series B round.
“I am blown away by the power and uniqueness of the Azuqua product,” Owens said in a press release. “I’m honored to be selected by Nikhil and the board to take the company to the next level and am looking forward to working with the extremely talented group of people that make up Azuqua.”
— Credit card processing company Gravity Payments has hired former Starbucks and Nordstrom engineering manager Jen Peck as its director of engineering. The addition was announced by Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price in a LinkedIn post.
Peck was most recently a software development manager overseeing technology behind Starbucks’ payments system and formerly spent six years as a senior manager on retailer Nordstrom’s technology team. Before joining Nordstrom, Peck was the founder and CEO of online footwear retailer Big Soul Shoes.
— Bulletproof 360, the Bellevue, Wash., based maker of lifestyle food products like butter coffee, announced three new additions to its executive team.
Patrick Brown joins the company as its general manager and vice president of grocery sales. He was formerly the VP of customer development and sales operations at health food company Vega.
Keith Bone, a longtime General Mills employee, will serve as Bulletproof’s VP of supply chain. He was most recently the VP of supply chain at Glanbia Nutritionals.
The company also added AmyJo DiMeglio as its VP of retail operations. She was formerly the director of sales for Whole Foods subsidiary Allegro Coffee Company.
“I’m thrilled to have Pat, Keith and Amy Jo join us on Bulletproof’s mission to create products and provide information that radically improve lives,” Bulletproof COO Anna Collins said in a press release “Getting the right leaders in place is everything. I’m equally excited about how each of them will contribute to building the company’s culture going forward.”
— Retail technology company Redfin tapped David Lissy to join its board of directors. Lissy is the executive chairman of childcare company Bright Horizons, where he served as CEO for more than 20 years.