After Tony Hsieh’s shocking death, Zappos looks to move forward under the Newly Named Zappo CEO Kedar Deshpande
It was never going to be easy to succeed Tony Hsieh, the celebrated CEO of Zappos, who turned a tiny online shoe seller into a $1 billion behemoth through an obsessive focus on corporate culture and happy employees. But Kedar Deshpande took over at a particularly fraught time.
Zappos, which is owned by Amazon, was already navigating remote work and grappling with pandemic-driven changes in how people shop when Hsieh abruptly retired in August after two decades, which led Deshpande to be named CEO. Then in November, tragedy struck: Hsieh, 46, died from injuries suffered in a house fire in New London, Connecticut, sending shock waves throughout the roughly 1,500-person company, as well as tech and entrepreneurial circles. Continue reading…
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