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Gillian Russell
Senior Program Manager Worldwide
Global Military Affairs – Amazon

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Gillian Russell is the Senior Program Manager – Worldwide in the Global Military Affairs team at Amazon. Previously, she served in the Royal Navy for 18 years as a Logistics Officer and is a Military Spouse. She served both at sea and ashore during her time in the military and was deployed to Afghanistan as part of Op Herrick in 2009. Following her naval career she lived for 3 years in the USA and worked for US Veteran non-profit Hiring Our Heroes.

In her current role at Amazon she is responsible for developing military talent acquisition programs, in conjunction with external career transition organisations, to attract military veterans, reservists and military spouses to Amazon worldwide. She also is responsible for policy change in areas that effect the global military population at Amazon, such as Military Self-ID and Leave of Absence for Military Service and is the first point of contact for Community Engagement efforts that have a global impact. An award winning and passionate advocate of ex-Military personnel and the skills they bring to any business, she regularly presents to various organisations, promoting the benefits that hiring from the military community can realise.

“I am delighted, and a little daunted, at being asked to be a judge of the Soldiering On Awards. The contribution that members of the Armed Forces community make to UK society is immense, but often unseen; these awards allow their impact to be publicly celebrated.”


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