California-based news blog The Almanac reported some sad news, yesterday, to the Amazon.com family. Their first CFO and vice president was killed in a tragic bicycle accident. She was participating in one of her favorite activities of riding through through the street of Silicone Valley when she struck a Mazda minivan that turned left in front of the path Ms. Covey was traveling. Being unable to avoid the collision Ms. Covey struck the right side of the minivan where she was declare dead on the scene.
"The vehicle turned left directly in front of the bicycle, which was traveling downhill," said California Highway Patrol officer Arturo Montiel.
Ms. Covey was one of the creative forces in shaping Seattle-based Amazon where she was one of the employees when hired by found Jeff Bezos in December of 1996 to be the first CFO (chief financial officer). Ms. Covey went on to hold that title along with vice president and other executive office until leaving the Seattle giant in April of 2000. Before joining Amazon, Ms. Covey started her illustrious career shortly after graduating from both Harvard law and business schools in 1990. After graduating she went to become Chief Financial Officer of Digidesign from 1991 to 1995. After leaving Digidesign she joined the staff of Avid technology where she held a few executive titles from 1995-1996. After leaving Amazon Ms. Covey went into consulting work where she worked with several businesses including Jet Blue. For several years Ms. Covey has also served as a Director of Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.
Outside of her technology career Ms. Covey stared the Beagle Foundation Project. Ms. Covey and her husband started the foundation in 2000 using stock proceeds for Amazon. The foundation was named for the ship that Charles Darwin took on his famous voyage to the Galapagos Islands. The foundation's main focus is environmental issues and helping companies become more responsible.
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