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GameStop just made its third hire from Amazon as the game retailer continues poaching new executives from the tech giant (GME)

Published by Business Insider on Tue, 30 Mar 2021


<p><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/60171eb76dfbe10018e00f8a-2400/GettyImages-1229823860.jpg" border="0" alt="gamestop store ps5" data-mce-source="Aimee Dilger/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images"></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>Yet another former Amazon leader is joining GameStop's rapidly changing C-suite: Elliott Wilke will serve as the company's new chief growth officer starting in April.</p><p>Wilke, who oversaw a variety of initiatives at Amazon, joins former Amazon fulfillment director Jenna Owens (COO) and former Amazon Web Services engineering lead Matt Francis (CTO) on GameStop's executive team.</p><p>The executive shakeup at the ailing video game retailer comes amid a company-wide "transformation" overseen by board member and activist investor Ryan Cohen.&nbsp;</p><p>After taking a 12.9% stake last year through his investment firm RC Ventures, Cohen has made major changes at GameStop. First, he oversaw a string of C-suite departures and hirings. Then, he was <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/gamestop-ecommerce-ryan-cohen-leading-strategic-committee-2021-3" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="40">appointed leader of a new committee</a>&nbsp;overseeing a company-wide "transformation."</p><p>That transformation has led to major changes in the company's executive suite and its board.&nbsp;</p><p>CEO George Sherman is the only remaining board member from before Cohen got involved with the company. Jim Bell, the company's CFO, is <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/sources-gamestop-cfo-pushed-out-by-board-2021-2" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="60">said to have been pushed to resign</a>&nbsp;by the company's board. Soon after, CCO Frank Hamlin&nbsp;<a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/gamestop-cco-frank-hamlin-resigns-cfo-jim-bell-game-retailer-2021-3" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="60">resigned</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Similarly, the board <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/gamestop-ryan-cohen-amazon-chewy-revitalization-e-commerce-2021-3">has seen major changes</a>Cohen and two of his former colleagues from Chewy, the company he cofounded and ran, occupy three of the board's five seats.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/5dd3bf8a7eece5046b1fe7f3-1000/shot-6901-1.jpg" border="0" alt="Ryan Cohen - Chewy" data-mce-source="Courtesy of Ryan Cohen"></p><p>Alongside the hiring of Wilke, GameStop announced two additional hires from Cohen's former company: The former Chewy VPs of merchandising, Tom Petersen, and marketing, Andrea Wolfe, are joining GameStop in similar roles.</p><p>Cohen himself has kept quiet across the last several months, but he's taken to Twitter to share GIFs and images. His <a href="https://twitter.com/ryancohen/status/1375159657166209031">most recent tweet</a> is a GIF from the movie "Ted," of the titular character smoking a bong. On the most recent GameStop earnings call, Cohen did not appear.</p><p>Representatives for Cohen did not respond to requests for comment as of publishing.</p><p><em><strong>Got a tip'</strong>&nbsp;Contact Insider senior correspondent Ben Gilbert via email (<a href="mailto:bgilbert@insider.com" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="100">bgilbert@insider.com</a>),</em><em>&nbsp;or Twitter DM (<a href="https://twitter.com/RealBenGilbert" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="100">@realbengilbert</a>). We can keep sources anonymous. Use a non-work device to reach out. PR pitches by email only, please.</em></p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/gamestop-announces-third-hire-from-amazon-for-executive-team-2021-3#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/worlds-most-expensive-liquid-thoroughbred-horse-semen-2020-3">Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid</a></p>
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