Sandeep Gupta, the Vice President and General Manager of Fire TV, is leaving Amazon after 10 years to join Universal Audio as Chief Operating Officer. He has been critical in shaping Fire TVs into the great line of streaming devices they are today, from the very beginning. There were very few people that I met during my time on the Fire TV team at Amazon that I respected more than Sandeep and he will surely be missed.
When Marc Whitten, the former VP of Entertainment Devices at Amazon (i.e., Fire TV, Fire Tablet, Kindle, Luna, Appstore, and more) left Amazon earlier this year, I fully expected Sandeep Gupta to move up and take over his role. I certainly didn’t know anyone better suited to take over all of those devices, but Amazon is a massive company with many more executives to tap for roles than I ever met, so the position went to Daniel Rausch, who was a VP on the Alexa team. Tapas Roy, also a VP from the Alexa team, is taking over Sandeep Gupta’s position as VP of Fire TV, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Since the start of this year, the two people with the most influence over Fire TV products, Marc Whitten and Sandeep Gupta, have left Amazon. It’s certainly not unusual for roles like these to change at Amazon, but it’s noteworthy for two major VP positions related to a single product to change in the same year. That said, I’m sure Daniel Rausch and Tapas Roy will do a fine job leading the Fire TV team moving forward.