As incoming Amazon CEO Andy Jassy steps into the limelight, a portrait of a leader much like Jeff Bezos emerges

Andy Jassy’s first seat at Amazon when he joined the company in 1997 was in an office “the size of a closet” in an early Amazon headquarters with stained carpets overlooking a needle exchange near Seattle’s Pike Place Market, said his then-officemate Brian Birtwistle. The space was so small the backs of their chairs touched. Jassy’s next seat at Amazon will be at the helm of what has grown, in his nearly 25 years at the company, into a corporation worth $1.7 trillion and the nation’s second-largest employer. Jassy, who since 2003 has led Amazon Web Services (AWS), the company’s cloud-computing…

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