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Tech Moves: Amazon fulfillment VP departing; former Pillpack co-founder joins VC firm



Melissa Nick. (LinkedIn Photo)

Melissa Nick, a vice president of North America fulfillment at Amazon, is leaving the company after more than nine years.

Nick was based out of Nashville, Tenn., where she oversaw one of the e-commerce giant’s largest fulfillment regions, with almost 300 facilities that process and ship customer orders, according to CNBC.

Her last day will be June 16.

“We appreciate all of Melissa’s contributions over the past nine years, including building a strong team that will continue supporting our employees throughout the region,” Amazon spokesperson Barbara Agrait said in a statement to GeekWire. “We wish Melissa well on the next step in her professional journey.”

Amazon said the average tenure of its VPs is about 10 years and that the company has hundreds of VPs and thousands of directors.

Nick started at Amazon in 2014 as a senior operations manager in the greater Los Angeles area. She moved on to other roles in Seattle including VP of Worldwide AMXL, an initiative designed to help Amazon improve and expand the delivery of large items and those requiring special handling.


— TJ Parker, co-founder of the online pharmacy Pillpack that was acquired by Amazon in 2018, is joining the venture capital firm Martrix as a general partner.

Parker shared a Bloomberg report about the move on LinkedIn, where he said it was his first new job in a decade.

“I’ll be investing in the next generation of healthcare and consumer businesses — with a special interest in those that, like PillPack, are both,” Parker wrote. “There’s enormous potential for new startups right now and it’s super exciting to start with a blank slate.”

Parker spent four years at Amazon after Pillpack was acquired. In September 2022, when his departure was announced, he wrote in a memo that he and Pillpack co-founder Elliott Cohen were “excited to spend lots of time with our families, get in a bunch of days on the mountain, and after some R&R will likely both return our focus to starting, investing in, and advising other healthcare and consumer-focused businesses.”

Boston-based PillPack was founded in 2013 as an online pharmacy that shipped pre-packaged doses of medication straight to customers’ doors. The company had raised $118 million before being acquired for $753 million by Amazon in June 2018, Bloomberg reported in citing Amazon filings.

The acquisition was part of Amazon’s move into the healthcare and pharmacy spaces. Parker discussed Amazon Pharmacy in 2021 on GeekWire’s Health Tech Podcast.


Source: Geek Wire

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