Amazon exec to run digital efforts of Italy’s government

Feb 11, 2016 382

By Ángel González

Top executive Diego Piacentini is taking a leave of absence from the company to run the Italian government's digital efforts. Piacentini is Amazon's senior vice president for the company's international consumer business. His leave was reported in a securities filing Wednesday. CEO Jeff Bezos wrote a tweet congratulating Italian Premier Matteo Renzi, saying, "We are so proud of Diego. Great for Italy. Kudos to all!"

Renzi thanked Bezos on Twitter. "Thank you, @JeffBezos. It will be a pleasure to work with @diegopia. Come to Italy and we can talk about innovation!" Piacentini, a native Italian who has been at Amazon for 16 years, will run Renzi's digital technology office.

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