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Who Is the Secret Successor to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos?

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said the company has a succession plan (“for me and all of our senior executives”), but clearly from this Geekwire article, he’s having too much fun as CEO to get people thinking there is anything imminent in the works.

Speaking at a conference in NYC, Bezos also talked about the failure of the Fire phone, and as Fortune reported, he said he has made “billions of dollars of failures at Amazon.com.”

But that doesn’t mean Amazon is finished with the phone – it’s “really early” for Fire, Bezos said, adding, “stay tuned.”

The fact there is a known successor would seem to indicate it’s an insider. Hint: it’s not Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak – he’s retiring in June and will be replaced by Brian T. Olsavsky, who joined Amazon in 2002 and is Vice President of Finance for the company’s global consumer business.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.