Joy Covey, Amazon's First CFO, Steered an Emerging Giant's Torrid Growth

Joy Covey in Seattle, Washington in 1999 Photograph by Gail Albert Halaban/Corbis

The frenzy of adulation and attention surrounding Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos often obscures the contributions of other key executives at the company. One of those lesser-known leaders, Joy Covey, passed away yesterday at age 50 in a tragic bicycle accident on Skyline Boulevard in California’s San Mateo County. She was Amazon’s first chief financial officer and worked at the company between 1996 and 2000. Without her fierce intellect and focused energy, Amazon would not be the company it is today.

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