• Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has named Wei Gao as his new technical adviser, according to a CNBC report.
  • It’s a coveted position also known as the CEO’s “shadow.” A shadow, like the name implies, follows Bezos around, attending all of his meetings and traveling with the CEO.
  • Bezos borrowed the idea for the position from management guru and famed Intel CEO Andy Grove.
  • One of Bezos’ first shadows said of the position: “I was a receptacle for him for any of the 19 ongoing activities in his brain that didn’t have a place in the normal organization.”

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has named Wei Gao as his new technical adviser, according to a CNBC report.

It’s a coveted position also known as the CEO’s “shadow.” Like the name implies, a shadow follows Bezos around, attending all of his meetings and traveling with the CEO. It’s a position usually held for a year or two, and it provides extensive insight into all aspects of Amazon’s business.

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Gao, a 13-year Amazon veteran…