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A love of books brought Jennifer Cast to Amazon

A love of books brought Jennifer Cast to Amazon

As the Vice President of Amazon Books, Jennifer Cast really embraced her love of books and turned it into a fantastic career.

It only took making her first Amazon purchase back in 1996 for her to get hooked – she knew she had to work there. By July of that same year she was an official Amazonian – 1 of only 25 at that point. Jennifer recalls working in a small building in Seattle. The only Amazon warehouse was in the back of the building. "Amazon was growing quickly (both revenues and employees) – change was an exhilarating constant! All of us were united by our love of books and our commitment to building 'Earth’s Biggest Bookstore' for customers during a time of remarkable Internet growth and opportunity."

Diverse career path

At Amazon, Jennifer has built a career outside of her “expertise.” Formerly an investment banker and a marketer, she became a General Manager and led Amazon's music launch, despite never having worked in music. Jennifer says, “Every year I have worked at Amazon, I have learned an incredible amount and developed new skills. Every year I get excited when I think about the year to come, knowing that new knowledge, new skills, new challenges and lots of fun is in my future.”

After a 13-year hiatus as a community volunteer and LGBT activist, Jennifer returned in 2014 to lead Amazon Books. She came back to Amazon because “the culture fits me like a glove.” Jennifer says, “I love working with smart, hardworking, kind people who love to build. I love that we communicate by writing — it removes the effects of charisma and political relationships and puts analysis, creativity, hard work and preparation at the forefront. I love that Amazon is a company that takes risks and is forward thinking. I respect and trust our leadership. I have fun, and I learn every day.”

Outside of Amazon, Jennifer has served as a board member of Lambda Legal, Rainier Scholars, Seattle Girls’ School, Freedom to Marry, and Town Hall. Additionally, she was the finance committee co-chair of Washington United for Marriage, a coalition that led the campaign to win marriage equality in Washington. 

Impressive career opportunities that you will love

Interested in an exciting career with a rapidly progressive company like Jennifer? Why not take a look at their current vacancies at Amazon.

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