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The Amazon manager overseeing the push for brick-and-mortar stores leaves the company

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The Amazon Go grocery store at Amazon’s corporate headquarters in Seattle, Washington.

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Amazon recently lost a high-profile manager overseeing the company’s growing stationary division.

Cameron Janes, Amazon’s vice president of Physical Retail, left the company on Tuesday, according to his LinkedIn profile.

“After over 14 years, today is my last day at Amazon,” Janes wrote on Tuesday in a LinkedIn post. “The experiences and opportunities that Amazon has given me have changed my life.”

Amazon confirmed Janes’ departure.

Janes held roles in a number of departments during his tenure at Amazon, including leading teams for the Prime Video streaming service, Kindle e-reader, and the ill-fated Fire Phone. Janes helped build Amazon’s brick-and-mortar bookstore chain before starting to manage the majority of the company’s physical retail offering.

Janes was responsible for running the day-to-day running of Amazon’s cash register Go stores, along with the technology that powers those stores called “Just Walk Out” that the company has installed in its fresh produce supermarkets and some Whole Foods locations . Amazon is now selling the cash less technology to third party retailers so it can scale beyond Amazon’s own physical retail presence.

Janes reported directly to Dilip Kumar, Amazon’s Vice President of Physical Retail and Technology, who developed and launched Amazon’s go-stores and cash-less technology, and also oversees Amazon’s experimental food technology, such as the Dash Smart Cart and handprint scanners.

It’s unclear where Janes is going next. He’s also not the only high-profile manager to have left Amazon’s grocery division in the past few months. Wei Gao, who was vice president of food technology, product and supply chain at Amazon, joined the London-based online event start-up Hopin in August.

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