Head of Amazon UK, Doug Gurr, is set to leave his role at the retail giant to take up a new position as the new director of the Natural History Museum in London.
Gurr first joined Amazon in 2011, and had several roles around the world before taking up the UK-based role in 2016.
An Amazon statement read: “We thank Doug for more than eight successful years at Amazon and for his leadership of the UK business in the last four. Doug will be missed at Amazon but as someone who has always been passionate about culture, science and learning, we’re delighted for him that he’ll be leading one of the UK’s great cultural and scientific institutions.
“Doug will remain in his role at Amazon until later this year, and a new UK country manager will be announced in due course.”
Gurr was previously on the board at the Science Museum, and will now start his new job at the Natural History Museum later this year, replacing current museum director Sir Michael Dixon.
His appointment has been approved by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Gurr commented: “The Natural History Museum’s vision of a future where people and planet thrive has never been more relevant and it is a privilege to be invited to lead this globally important cultural and scientific institution.
“I am passionate about the work the museum is doing to tackle the planetary emergency by using its unrivalled collection and leading scientific research to connect millions of people a year with nature. I can’t wait to join the team.”