Amazon is a the top retail company, and CEO Jeff Bezos is everywhere. He is considered the best in the business for everything from e-commerce and cloud computing to hardware devices, and even grocery stores.
Every company should respect diversity and welcome it into their culture, but this is not the case in Amazon. It seems that Bezos’ chiefs are almost exclusively white men, and besides HR boss Beth Galetti, there are zero females or people of color in powerful positions at the company.
Amazon’s exclusive tier of 15 senior vice presidents includes Jeff Blackburn, the company’s entertainment head, and David Limp, who supervises the division responsible for projects like the Echo and Alexa. The only woman in the group is Beth Galetti, Amazon’s Senior Vice president of Human Resources.
Bezos declined a request for an interview about the company’s diversity. Instead, the company released a generic statement from diversity director Latasha Gillespie:
At Amazon we are working to diversify our company from several different angles. We are seeking to recruit more diverse leaders across the company from our entry level roles to our most senior positions. We are focused on retaining and developing diverse talent internally through training and leadership opportunities. And we want to ensure our work environment is inclusive, so we are looking for more ways to surface and listen to diverse perspectives. Our employees are committed to our leadership principles, which include seeking diverse perspectives and working to disconfirm their own beliefs. Amazonians including our most senior executives are focused on continuing to build a more diverse and inclusive company.
Amazon is also dealing with a sexual harassment scandal involving its former studio head Roy Price. New questions are being raised internally about how the company justifies having so few women in top leadership programs.
“Some current and former employees are suggesting that the scarcity of women at the upper echelons of Amazon could have made the company more lenient toward Mr. Price until his actions became a public relations embarrassment,” said The New York Times.