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AMD's head of products exits

New CEO Read to take on duties
Fri Sep 23 2011, 15:17

CHIP DESIGNER AMD's head of products, Rick Bergman is leaving the company less than a month after the firm named a new CEO.

Bergman is leaving the chip outfit to "pursue an opportunity at another company," AMD said. The firm's new CEO Rory Read will take on Bergman's duties, leading AMD's graphics and microprocessor development teams until his replacement is announced.

Bergman's departure will be a blow for AMD, which saw increases in market share in its graphics business under his leadership. He also introduced a new chip line called Fusion that combines graphics and computing on one piece of silicon.

AMD has also announced that Paul Struhsaker has joined the company to lead AMD's newly-formed commercial business division as its corporate VP and general manager.

Struhsaker will oversee product management and roadmap planning for AMD's server, high performance computing and embedded products. He joins AMD from Comcast, where he was SVP of engineering responsible for all set-top box platforms and video server applications for Comcast Video Networks.

"The commercial market is vitally important for AMD and the addition of Paul to our team demonstrates our commitment to profitably grow our server business," said Read. "Paul brings an extensive business management background and customer perspective on AMD's commercial business opportunities. I look forward to working with Paul to help drive the growth plans for this exciting part of our business."

He added, "I want to thank Rick for his many contributions to AMD and wish him well in his future endeavors."

AMD ousted its previous CEO Dirk Meyer in January, naming Read as CEO last month. µ


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