Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has appointed the UK country manager of Amazon as one of the trustees of the National Gallery.
Doug Gurr also served as the president of Amazon in China. He first joined the e-commerce site way back in 2011. A statement that was released by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport said that Gurr had previously worked for the government of the United Kingdom. He currently sits as the chairman of the British Heart Foundation.
Gurr had also spent a number of years serving chairman of the Science Museum Group of national museums until 2014. He is also a non-executive director of the Land Registry.
In July 2018, Gurr made headlines when he made Amazon the first major firm to issue a warning regarding the outcome of a no-deal Brexit. He informed politicians that it could provoke “civil unrest” within two weeks.
At the time, Amazon issued a statement stating that a no-deal appears to be “very unlikely,” but it was planning for all scenarios.
Gurr was also involved in a conference call with Philip Hammond, the British Chancellor and 10 other business leaders last week. During the call the chancellor said that a no-deal Brexit could be “taken off the table” and Article 50 repealed.
However, he advised that such a move would have “consequences” when it came to the future negotiating power of the United Kingdom.
CBI, the British business group, said that businesses across the United Kingdom would be accelerating their no-deal planning after yesterday’s Brexit vote. This comes as the decision to re-open the talks with the European Union will not have reassured the firms.
Amazon has pledged itself to remain in the United Kingdom for the near future. Last year, it opened up a new office in Manchester to house the 1,000 newly-created research and development positions.
Last October, the e-commerce company said that it had invested more than £9.3 billion in the United Kingdom in order to build and run its operations. It said that it was on course to increase to 27,500 positions by the end of the previous year.