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Sarah Rose, who was in charge, Amazon‘s fast-growing air freight business is transitioning to a role overseeing an e-retailer’s workplace health and safety department.
Amazon’s head of worldwide operations, John Felton, announced the move Thursday in a memo to employees, according to a copy of the memo seen by CNBC. Rose will also become head of Amazon’s global operations learning and development division, responsible for advancing the careers and upskilling of the company’s frontline employees.
“Safety is paramount in all aspects of aerospace and other industries are looking to aviation for safety best practices,” Felton wrote in a note. “Sarah’s background as a decorated military pilot and her success leading Amazon Global Air have established her as an ideal leader for this important role. increase.”
Felton said Raul Sreenivasan, who joined Amazon in 2016 and now oversees planning, performance and cargo for Amazon Global Air, will take over most of the responsibilities for Amazon Air at Rhodes. It is said that it will be Before joining Amazon, Sreenivasan worked for his DHL and TNT Express, a European courier company that was acquired by FedEx.
Rose, a former U.S. Navy F-18 pilot, is one of the top executives in Amazon’s sprawling logistics operations. In 2011 she joined an e-commerce giant.
Over the past few years, Amazon has steadily shifted its own fulfillment and logistics operations, building a transportation network that it says rivals. UPS in terms of size.
Amazon launched an air freight business as part of an effort to handle and deliver more of its own packages. Rose joined Amazon Air early on and oversaw much of the division’s growth, including the opening of a $1.5 billion air hub in Kentucky.
Amazon contracts to transport packages with more passenger airlines, in addition to other airlines such as: Atlas Airlines and ATSG. Leisure-focused airline Sun Country will begin operating Boeing 737 cargo planes modified for Amazon in 2020 after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted travel. Amazon announced in October that it had reached an agreement with Hawaiian Airlines to lease and operate modified Airbus A330 freighters. This is Amazon’s largest fleet and the company’s first Airbus jet. Amazon says the aircraft will help replace older jets in its fleet.
Air freight rates have plummeted from all-time highs in late 2021, when shipping capacity was squeezed by port disruptions and a shortage of international flights, pushing prices higher. While the rebound in air travel increased market capacity, inflation drove changes in consumer spending. FedEx said last year it would park some planes and cut some flights as part of a cost-cutting plan.
Amazon CEO Andy Jassy is still getting a rough idea of his company’s spending given the economic slowdown and slower growth in its core retail business. Amazon has rapidly expanded its fulfillment and transportation networks in recent years in response to the surge in demand caused by the pandemic.Since then, several warehouses across the US have closed, canceled or been delayed.
The company is also facing increasing pressure to address its workplace safety record. The company faces widespread scrutiny over its rate of injuries in its warehouses, with workers claiming that Amazon’s coronavirus response isn’t doing enough to protect workers at work.
CNBC previously reported that Amazon appointed Becky Gunthert as its workplace health and safety overseer in September after Heather McDougall resigned.
Amazon disputes reports about unsafe working conditions. During McDougal’s tenure, the company has set ambitious goals to reduce injuries, including reducing recordable accident rates, a federal measure of injury and illness, by 2025. It also included a plan to halve the
Amazon added it to its list of corporate values last year, pledging to be the “Best Employer on the Planet” amid mounting labor unrest. The executive charged with overseeing the effort, Pam Grier, reportedly left Amazon last April. bloomberg.
Correction: Sarah Rhoads joined Amazon in 2011. The year was listed incorrectly in previous versions.
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