Latasha Gillespie, Global Head of DEIA at Amazon MGM Studios, absent

Latasha Gillespie, global head of DEIA for Amazon MGM Studios, Prime Video and Freevee, is leaving the company. His departure was announced in an internal memo from Amazon Studios director Jennifer Salke on Tuesday afternoon.

“It is very bittersweet to announce that I have decided to take the next step in my personal and professional journey,” Gillespie wrote to the company, noting that his official departure is August 29. “After seven years of transformational work, I can’t help but reflect on the incredible journey and life-changing work that I have been very fortunate to accomplish with the help of some truly smart people.

She will be replaced by Amanda Baker-Lane, previously head of DEIA product and strategy.

“I feel really good about leaving the work of DEIA in extraordinary hands,” Gillespie continued. “I started this work as a team, but I am fortunate to be able to count on a solid and competent team to move the work forward. I couldn’t be more proud and excited to pass the torch to Amanda. She is a strategic leader who will lead this work with brilliance, grace and humility, because that is who she is. I’m excited about my next chapter, but I will greatly miss working in the trenches alongside you every day. One thing will never change; we are forever connected by our incredible journey of making history and having fun along the way.

Salke’s memo also praises Baker-Lane, writing that she has been with Amazon for more than nine years and that over the past two years, “she has played a crucial role within the Latasha’s leadership team as head of policy and strategy and is the ideal candidate to take on the role. this role.

Salke also thanked Gillespie for her contributions and added, “Her positive influence has been felt throughout the organization and extends to our creative partners who have relied on her for support and guidance. She naturally understands the complex needs and dynamics of talent, leaders and creatives and relentlessly seeks to make our industry a better, more inclusive place.

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