Bezos to step down as Amazon CEO

Bezos will assume the role of executive chairman of the company.

Amazon announced Tuesday that CEO Jeff Bezos is stepping down later this year and will become executive chair of the company.

Andy Jassy, who is the CEO of Amazon Web Services, will become Amazon's new CEO when Bezos departs in the third quarter of this year from the CEO post.

"I'm excited to announce that this Q3 I'll transition to Executive Chair of the Amazon Board and Andy Jassy will become CEO," Bezos wrote in an email to employees. "In the Exec Chair role, I intend to focus my energies and attention on new products and early initiatives."

"As much as I still tap dance into the office, I'm excited about this transition," Bezos said in the email. "Millions of customers depend on us for our services, and more than a million employees depend on us for their livelihoods. Being the CEO of Amazon is a deep responsibility, and it's consuming. When you have a responsibility like that, it's hard to put attention on anything else. As Exec Chair I will stay engaged in important Amazon initiatives but also have the time and energy I need to focus on the Day 1 Fund, the Bezos Earth Fund, Blue Origin, The Washington Post, and my other passions. I've never had more energy, and this isn't about retiring. I'm super passionate about the impact I think these organizations can have," he noted.