Dave Limp, head of Amazon’s devices and services business, will take over as Blue Origin’s new CEO
Recently announced to depart from Amazon’s Devices and Services division by year’s end, Dave Limp has now been confirmed as the successor to Blue Origin’s CEO role, with the current CEO, Bob Smith, set to retire in early December.
As reported by MSNBC, Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos, has appointed Dave Limp to helm Blue Origin, confirming Bob Smith’s impending early December retirement. Smith will continue in his role until January 2, 2024, presumably overseeing the transitionary procedures.
From a communique dispatched internally by Jeff Bezos, it is evident that under Bob Smith’s stewardship, Blue Origin garnered business orders exceeding several billion dollars. Simultaneously, the team expanded from a modest 850 to a formidable contingent of over 10,000. The organization’s operational footprint has also proliferated, with office spaces spanning seven states in the U.S., totaling more than five million square feet.
Furthermore, Blue Origin has successfully transported 31 individuals beyond the Kármán line, accounting for approximately 5% of all humans who have ventured into space. Currently, they have also inked a contract with NASA, an alliance aimed at restoring American astronauts’ lunar landings.
With Dave Limp’s integration into Blue Origin and his subsequent ascension to the CEO position, Jeff Bezos anticipates a more accelerated growth trajectory for the company.