Amazon data showed big jump in diversity among senior leaders — after definition of 'executive' was loosened
Above, an Amazon tower is reflected in the Amazon Day 1 building above the Amazon Spheres in Seattle. - Amanda Snyder/The Seattle Times/TNS

In 2016, Amazon didn't employ a single Black, Native American or multiracial executive and just one Hispanic or Latino executive among its 105 senior leaders in the United States, 78 of whom were white men. One year later, it was a different picture. In federal government reporting, Amazon said it employed 22 Black executives, 51 Hispanic and Latino executives, 22 multiracial executives and 380 female executives, out of a total of 1,767 executives. Amid a hiring spree that boosted Amazon's total employee head count by 71%, the company in 2017 loosened its definition of executive to include eve...