Amazon Names Woman to Coveted Role as Bezos’ Technical Advisor

Maria Renz, appointed to the coveted role of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' "shadow" in April of 2015, attends the launch of MYHABIT.com at Skylight West on May 18, 2011 in New York City. (Photo: Gary Gershoff, WireImage)
Maria Renz, appointed to the coveted role of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ “shadow” in April of 2015, attends the launch of MYHABIT.com at Skylight West on May 18, 2011 in New York City.
(Photo: Gary Gershoff, WireImage)

Amazon has named a woman to one of the most coveted roles at the company.

Maria Renz has been appointed to the position of technical advisor to the CEO, better known as CEO Jeff Bezos’s “shadow.”

The move was first reported by Re/code.

The position offers unparalleled access to Bezos, including being by his side for meetings, trips and discussions and serving as a sounding board and technical backup on major decisions. Executives typically hold it for two years before moving on.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Renz has been in the position since April. Prior to that, no woman had ever held it.

Renz began at Amazon in 1999 and wrote its first formal marketing plan. She has held multiple positions throughout the company. In 2013 she was appointed CEO of Quidsi, an Amazon subsidiary.

Renz has a bachelors degree in interior design from Drexel University and an MBA from Vanderbilt.

She replaces Jay Marine, who was the vice president for Kindle and will now run Amazon’s Amazon Instant Video business in Europe, Re/code reported.

The position makes Renz one of the few women at Amazon’s top. There is only one woman among Amazon’s eight executive officers, worldwide controller Shelley Reynolds.

According to diversity figures that Amazon released in 2014, 75% of its managers globally are male.

SOURCE: USA Today – Elizabeth Weise

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