Amazon to lose digital content chief

Amazon’s head of digital music and video, Bill Carr, is leaving after 15 years with the company.

The Wall Street Journal first reported that Carr will leave Amazon at the end of the year. This was later confirmed by an Amazon rep who said he’d be spending time with his family. “He has other plans after that but not in the near term and nothing to share now,” the company said.

Carr was responsible for Amazon’s push into digital content, including the launch of Amazon Prime Instant Video, and production of original shows, such as Alpha House, Betas and Transparent. In June, Amazon expanded Prime to include a music subscription service.

Carr joined Amazon in 1999 as a senior product manager in its DVD and video division and was promoted to his current role in 2005. Before joining Amazon, Carr was vice president of marketing at Evare, a company providing managed services for financial data. Prior to that he worked at Procter & Gamble as an account executive.