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  • Age
    38
  • Title
    Principal product manager
  • Company
    Amazon

Tran is part of a small team at the Seattle headquarters of the Everything Store that oversees the company’s efforts to lend a helping hand in the wake of humanitarian disasters worldwide. The group coordinates cargo flights, often using Amazon’s own fleet of aircraft, that can rush vital supplies and food to the scene of catastrophes. The items are usually donated by Amazon and its wholly owned subsidiary, Whole Foods, as well as from nonprofit partners. On the ground, Tran’s team works to establish pop-up logistics centers and collection points that humanitarian groups can use or, in places where Amazon operates, that allow the company to get its own delivery business back up and running quickly. Last year the team helped speed humanitarian supplies to victims of a tsunami in Indonesia, a cyclone in Mozambique, and tornadoes in Alabama and Georgia. It sent more than 29,000 Amazon- and Whole Foods–donated items, ranging from blankets and bottled water to hygiene items, to flood victims in the U.S. Midwest too.

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