Andy Jassy, the successor to Jeff Bezos, was already running the company’s most profitable business.
The Amazon founder prepares to step back just as Washington turns up the heat on the mega-retailer and cloud company.
Mr. Jassy, who will become Amazon’s chief this summer, has spent more than two decades absorbing lessons from Mr. Bezos.
His loyal lieutenant will take Amazon’s helm as the company faces ever-growing scrutiny.
Andy Jassy, the chief of Amazon’s cloud computing division, will become chief executive, while Mr. Bezos, the company’s founder, will become executive chairman.
Mr. Wilke, who has been a key lieutenant to Jeff Bezos, is departing after building the e-commerce business for two decades.