Amazon.co.uk announces Brian McBride as New Managing Director
December 1, 2005: Amazon has announced that Brian McBride, managing director for T-Mobile UK will join the company as managing director for Amazon.co.uk, Ltd. in January 2006. McBride has more than 25 years of experience in the high-tech industry, and prior to joining T-Mobile as managing director, held senior positions in Europe at Dell, IBM, and other leading companies.
“Amazon has established itself as one of the best brands in the world based on their commitment to putting the customer at the centre of everything it does,” said McBride. “Amazon’s passion for the customer experience makes them a tremendously appealing company and I’m delighted to lead their talented UK team.”
McBride also shares Amazon's passion for customer satisfaction: while at T-Mobile he guided the network's high street stores to #1 for customer satisfaction in 2004’s J.D. Power & Associates annual survey.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Brian to Amazon.com,” said Diego Piacentini, Amazon.com’s senior vice president for worldwide retail and marketing. “In his previous position at T-Mobile, Brian launched their highly successful direct web and telesales businesses, and his leadership and experience will be of great benefit to Amazon and its customers.”
A native of Scotland, McBride graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MA (Hons) in Economic History. He lives with his family in Surrey.
For further information please contact the Amazon.co.uk press office on 020 8636 9280.
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