After success with Amazon India Amit Agarwal to steer global operations

  • HT Correspondent, Bengaluru
  • Updated: Apr 26, 2016 13:59 IST
An Amazon branded cardboard box. (Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Amazon India’s head Amit Agarwal has been inducted into the senior management of the US-based e-commerce giant’s global operations.

Confirming this development, Amazon India said, “We (Amazon India) have witnessed tremendous growth in less than three years of our operations in the country and are already the leader on things that matter to customers. We are confident that if we execute well, India should be Amazon’s largest geography outside the US in the coming years. We are investing aggressively in the country with a long term outlook. Amit Agarwal’s inclusion in Amazon’s S-team is a recognition of how excited the Amazon leadership is with our progress and how committed we are in delivering on our ambition to transform how India buys and sells”.

Apart from the fact that Amazon’s S-team (senior team) is the leadership team with a direct line to the $107 billion’s founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, further details are not available. Media reports suggest this is a 12-member team. The names of executives who make up this group and their role in steering the company’s growth is not available.

An article in The Guardian newspaper in the UK published in April 2014 criticized Amazon and its founder Bezos of running the company with a 12-member all-male S-team.

The company said that several initiatives introduced by Amazon India under the leadership of Agarwal have now been exported to other markets. These include Amazon Easy Ship (for faster and predictable delivery time), Amazon Pickup (that allows customers to pick up their purchases from a physical stores), Chai Carts (an outreach programme to rope in small businesses to sell online) and Amazon Tatkal (enables small business to join Amazon and start selling in 60 minutes or less). The company also said that the number of sellers on its network has grown to over 80,000 since June 2014, when it had started with just 100.

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