Amazon executives overseeing physical store promotion leave the company

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The Amazon Go grocery store at Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle, Washington.

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Amazon recently lost a high-profile executive who was responsible for overseeing the company’s growing physical divisions.

Amazon’s physical retail vice president Cameron Janes (Cameron Janes) on LinkedIn shows that he left the company on Tuesday.

“Today, 14 years later, is my last day at Amazon,” Janes wrote on LinkedIn on Tuesday. “The experience and opportunities Amazon provided me has changed my life.”

During his tenure at Amazon, Janes held positions in multiple departments, including overseeing the Prime Video streaming service, the Kindle e-reader, and the ill-fated Fire mobile phone team. Before starting to manage most of the company’s physical retail products, Janes helped launch Amazon’s physical bookstore chain.

Janes is responsible for the daily operation of Amazon’s unmanned cashier Go stores and the technology that supports these stores, called “Just Walk Out”, which the company has installed in its Fresh supermarkets and some Whole Foods stores. Amazon now sells cashierless technology to third-party retailers, enabling it to expand beyond Amazon’s own physical retail business.

Janes reports directly to Dilip Kumar, Amazon’s vice president of physical retail and technology. He developed and launched Amazon’s Go store and unmanned cashier technology. He is also responsible for overseeing Amazon’s experimental grocery technologies, such as the Dash smart shopping cart and palm scanner.

It is unclear where Janes is going next. He is not the only high-profile executive who has left Amazon’s grocery department in recent months. Wei Gao, who served as the vice president of Amazon’s grocery technology, products and supply chain, went to London-based online event startup Hopin in August.

Amazon representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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