Amazon’s European VP Humm Resigns
PARIS (AP) _ U.S. online retailer Amazon.com said Wednesday that its European vice president and general manager, Phillip Humm, had resigned and would be replaced by Thomas Lot.
Lot, formerly in charge of wine retail Web site ChateauOnline, will also serve as managing director at Amazon.fr, the group’s French Web site.
Humm had recently taken interim responsibility of French operations after the resignation of Amazon France CEO Georges Aoun, which was announced last week.
Aoun had been in office for eight months.
In Europe, Amazon operates CD, book and DVD retail Web sites in Britain, France and Germany.
Amazon, with annual revenue last year of dlrs 3.12 billion, has had a more difficult start in France than in other European countries.
In France, the site has had to compete with local players Fnac.com, the cybershop of Pinault-Printemps-Redoute’s cultural goods retailer Fnac, and Alapage.com, owned by France Telecom.
Parent company Amazon.com last week said it posted a net profit in the fourth quarter of 2001, its first quarterly net profit in its history.