Carl Gish, the Amazon.com executive who led the company's electronics department since February, has resigned. Gish's departure comes as the Web's largest retail store is entering into the most important holiday seasons in its history. Gish is the second electronics chief to leave Amazon in the past year.
Gish has accepted a position to run the New York office of the Zyman Marketing Group, a marketing consulting firm. Gish told CNET News.com that his move was prompted by a desire to return to the East Coast and refocus on a career in consumer marketing. His successor at Amazon is Eric Broussard, who currently oversees Amazon's kitchen and housewares department but will take over electronics as well. Amazon has committed to reaching profitability in the fourth quarter and analysts have said that it needs a good holiday season to achieve its goal. Gish's resignation was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.