2. Jay Carney, Amazon

Corporate affairs SVP Carney has had an incredibly busy year helping Amazon ramp up its already vast operations to deal with the online shopping boom created by COVID-19.

One of the prime architects of Amazon’s HQ2 initiative, Jay Carney was the executive who gave New York City leaders the news in February 2019 that the company was canceling its plans to establish a campus in Long Island City following prolonged protests by local lawmakers and politicians.

Carney is a member of Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos’ elite 18-strong S-team of senior advisers and the DC-based former White House press secretary to President Barack Obama is one of just two of the team who are not located in Seattle, though he spends a number of days there each month.

According to a piece on CNBC.com last summer, Carney has tripled lobbying spending and significantly bumped up Amazon’s public policy team to confront the increased scrutiny involved in being “the world’s second-most-valuable publicly traded company led by the world’s wealthiest person” and Bezos’ frequent run-ins with President Donald Trump.

Overseeing a team of around 800 people, Carney has also had an incredibly busy year helping Amazon ramp up operations to deal with the online shopping boom created by the COVID-19 health pandemic, renewed antitrust scrutiny as lawmakers target big tech and continued negative publicity around the company’s treatment of its workers.

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