Charlie Kindel, a key executive who helped form the Alexa Smart Home division at Amazon, has announced his departure after five years in the company.
“The pace of the past five years has finally gotten to me and I simply need to catch my breath,” wrote Kindel in his personal blog.
Kindel worked for two decades at Microsoft before joining Amazon. In April 2013, the e-commerce giant offered him an opportunity to help build the Alexa platform.
He took an important leading role with the Alexa division and created the Alexa Smart Home unit in 2016, focusing on growing Alexa capabilities inside homes.
“I was originally just going to take a temporary leave, but I like the idea of having total freedom of thought to decide what’s next in my life. By making a clean break from Amazon all options (including coming back to Amazon) are still on the table,” wrote Kindel.
Amazon ignited the smart home market and the company battles with Google with its smart assistant Alexa and Echo devices. In addition to focusing on improving Alexa’s capabilities, the company aggressively attracts talent to its smart home arm.
It acquired video doorbell maker Ring and smart camera maker Blink few months ago. In the smart home field, the company also offers device consultation and installation services, as well as home security kits.
Amazon Key, a package delivery service that makes use of security cameras and smart door locks and sends orders directly to homes, has been extended to in-car delivery.
The Alexa platform and related services have grown extensively. As one of its principal founders leaves the company, Amazon will need to find another talent to lead this rising division.
“I’m going to miss the people. The Alexa Smart Home team is an incredible team that I was blessed to have built from the ground up. I’ve had so much fun watching so many people grow in their careers and it’s going to such not being able to be around them day-to-day as they continue to flourish,” wrote Kindel.