Tough Choices: Leadership Is All About the Long Run
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Jeff Wilke joined Amazon in 1999 as vice president and general manager of operations. Previously he was with AlliedSignal (now Honeywell), where he was vice-president and general manager of Pharmaceutical Fine Chemicals, a $200 million global business.
Wilke has served as Amazon's senior vice president, North American Retail, since January 2007. From January 2002 until December 2006, he was senior vice president, Worldwide Operations. After graduating from Princeton with a degree in chemical engineering in 1989, Wilke received his MBA and master's in chemical engineering from MIT's Leaders For Manufacturing program.
An in-depth profile of Wilke appears in a 2002 book on leadership by Warren G. Bennis and Robert J. Thomas titled Geeks & Geezers: How Era, Values, and Defining Moments Shape Leaders.