Blue Origin taps Amazon’s outgoing Echo head Dave Limp as its new CEO

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David Limp, a top executive at Amazon, is set to replace Bob Smith as the CEO of Blue Origin.

Smith will be retiring at the end of the year.

Limp was the Amazon’s senior Vice President of devices and services for more than 13 years. He oversaw the development and rollout of numerous products including Echo and Alexa as well as Amazon’s line of Fire tablet.

Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin is in the thick of a number of space projects, including the launch of its next-gen rocket and returning its New Shepard space tourism rocket to flight.

Blue Origin also is working on a $34.7 million contract awarded by NASA to continue advancing its solution to process solar cells from lunar regolith.