Meet the Woman Who Runs Amazon’s Alexa Unit

Age: 44 From: Seattle Veteran Affair: Reid has spent almost her entire career at Amazon amzn , where she is now director of product for its Amazon Echo devices and Alexa unit. She carries a purple badge that designates employees who have been at the company for 15 years or more. With each new Amazon role, “I feel like I’ve taken a job at a new startup,” she says. Fast Friend: Reid leads the team behind Alexa, Amazon’s artificial-intelligence-powered, voice-activated assistant, which controls Echo, its popular home automation device. A recent development: training Alexa to turn down music playback when a person asks her a question. “We tried to emulate what a real person would do,” Reid says. Fair Warning: Reid set up her own Echo device to tell her…

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