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Amazon UK boss steps down for Natural History Museum directorship

Sadiyah Ismailjee
19 June 2020

Online giant, Amazon has announced its UK boss, Doug Gurr is stepping down from his role to become the new director of the Natural History Museum.

Gurr first joined the online retail giant in 2011. After five years ,he was promoted to Amazon’s UK country manager in April 2016, after navigating the online giant’s China operations for two years.

An Amazon spokesperson said: “We thank Doug for more than eight successful years at Amazon and for his leadership of the UK business in the last four.”

“Doug will be missed at Amazon but as someone who has always been passionate about culture, science and learning, we’re delighted for him that he’ll be leading one of the UK’s great cultural and scientific institutions."

“Doug will remain in his role at Amazon until later this year, and a new UK country manager will be announced in due course.”

Gurr was responsible for leading a period of large growth for Amazon but also of criticism over its tax strategies in the UK and conditions for its warehouse workers.

The UK in response has seen TV ad campaigns featuring Amazon workers discussing what they enjoy in their jobs and the public was also given access to business through warehouse tours.

He’s also seen the company tapping further into the fashion sector with the launch of multiple own brands and the addition of external brands to its fashion retail portfolio.

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