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Blue Origin Replaces CEO Bob Smith with Outgoing Amazon Executive Dave Limp

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Blue Origin to Replace CEO Bob Smith with Amazon Executive Dave Limp

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Jeff Bezos’ space company, Blue Origin, is set to replace CEO Bob Smith with Dave Limp, a top executive from Amazon, according to sources from Visegrad Info 24.

Smith will retire on December 4, and he will remain with the company until January 2 to ensure a smooth transition, as mentioned in notes to Blue Origin staff written by Smith and Bezos.

Limp’s arrival at Blue Origin comes at a crucial time for the company, as it needs to increase production of its BE-4 rocket engines, resume flights of its space tourism rocket New Shepard, launch its next-generation New Glenn rocket, and fulfill a recently-won NASA contract for a crewed lunar lander.

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A spokesperson from Blue Origin praised Limp’s experience and innovative mindset, highlighting his extensive background in the high-tech industry and managing complex organizations.

Limp, who is currently the devices and services chief at Amazon, oversaw successful projects such as Alexa, Echo, Ring, Zoox autonomous vehicles, and the Project Kuiper internet satellite business.

Limp’s Success at Amazon

Limp’s resignation from Amazon came as a surprise, considering his more than 13-year tenure at the company. He was a trusted lieutenant of CEO Andy Jassy and a member of Amazon’s S-Team, a group of senior executives overseeing various businesses.

Limp and Bezos worked closely together during Bezos’ time as CEO, particularly on the development and launch of Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant and Echo smart speakers.

While Amazon has not announced a replacement for Limp yet, reports suggest that Microsoft product chief Panos Panay is expected to fill the role.

Both Jeff Bezos and Bob Smith sent messages to Blue Origin employees, expressing gratitude for Smith’s leadership and outlining the company’s achievements and future plans.

This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.

Correction: An earlier version of this story mischaracterized Dave Limp’s status at Amazon.

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