- Amazon has reportedly hired GM's outgoing executive vice president of global manufacturing, Alicia Boler Davis.
- The company has recently invested in electric vehicle maker Rivian and self-driving tech company Aurora.
The Wall Street Journal first reported on Boler Davis' joining Amazon citing sources familiar. Amazon declined to comment.
GM recently initiated a broad restructuring effort to save the company some $6 billion in costs through 2020.
Amazon recently invested in two automotive tech firms. It led a $700 million investment in electric vehicle makers, Rivian. Rivian's all-electric pickup and SUV could pose a direct challenge to established truck manufacturers like General Motors. Amazon also invested in a $530 million round of funding for Aurora, a startup developing autonomous systems that could rival those from GM Cruise. The company is already hauling some cargo in self-driving trucks from a startup called Embargo.
While Amazon is investing in automotive tech, it's not known whether the e-commerce and cloud computing titan will seek to manufacture its own driverless cars. Boler Davis' experience could also be useful as Amazon seeks to automate its warehouses and other facilities.