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Tuesday, 10 January 2012 11:16

AMD brings in more suits

Written by Nick Farell

Headhunting for fun and profit

AMD's HR team have been hunting for heads in the wilds of silicon valley and have bought home a few to lead them in the coming crisis.

According to AMD, Rajan Naik has joined the company as senior vice president and chief strategy officer. He will report to president and chief executive officer Rory Read. Naik was a partner in McKinsey & Company's Technology and has been told to come up with a cunning plan to sort out AMD's woes.

He will be responsible for AMD's short- and long-term strategy development, including market opportunities, strategic partnerships and investment strategies. Read said Naik “possesses a strong track record of execution in strategic planning, product and market strategy, and operational performance". This probably means that we can expect to see a few people in AMD executed in the next few months.

Naik is also supposed to help AMD take advantage of growth opportunities in lower power computing, emerging markets and cloud computing." He spent 11 years at McKinsey & Company, where he advised some of the greats of the technology and telecom industries. Before that he worked at Intel and before that he was lurking at Lucent Technologies.

Naik joins AMD following the appointment of Dr. Lisa Su as senior vice president and general manager, global business units, as well as the appointment of Mark Papermaster as senior vice president and chief technology officer.

Nick Farell

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+8 #1 Jigar 2012-01-10 11:25
Big guns have join AMD recently, let's see how that turns out for them.
+6 #2 nt300 2012-01-10 11:56
Yes read this on TechPowerUp yesterday morning. This is good news and some much needed help for AMD.

I know for a fact AMD is spilling all their resources into Trinity (LIano's replacement) with the new HD graphics and Piledriver Cores. If they stick to their projections and slides, we should see approx: 20% to 30% performance improvement over the current LIano based processors with equal or better thermals. This IMO should easily translate into Desktop versions based on Enhanced Bulldozer (Piledriver) cores.

It may not be enough to kick Intel in the teeth, but should be enough to cause a ripple effect and allow for fair Price/Performance offerings by both.
+4 #3 Sodomy 2012-01-10 13:17
Quoting nt300:
It may not be enough to kick Intel in the teeth, but should be enough to cause a ripple effect and allow for fair Price/Performance offerings by both.

actually 20-30% inmprovement if followed on to the desktop would see AMD competing with the 2600 (and even beating it is a couple of feilds). only issue is ivy bridge, if it is also a step up then we are back to square one with amd.
+2 #4 Bl0bb3r 2012-01-10 15:56
Not necessarily, a lot of people want better performance and graphics coming out of their computers, but at the same time drop the bulky PC. If AMD makes it properly, it would be a great notebook APU.
+1 #5 dineaudio 2012-01-10 16:43
I'll put it very simple: I just want AMD to give us an equivalent CPU with a better graphic core [of course] than Intel, for a better price. That should kick them in the teeth, indeed. ;) And we the consumers will profit the most, of course. d= ;)
0 #6 nt300 2012-01-10 17:04
To Sodomy:
AMD don't have the money or the resources to fully compete with Intel head on. Just as the other posters said, as long as AMD can compete in Price/Performance, we in the end will benefit. The days of AMD vs. Intel IMO are over "For Now".
Right now the important step for AMD is to release efficient performing CPU's, increase the R&D and gain back market share, while increasing profits….. If they can do this along with pumping out innovative products such as they've been doing for a long time now, they will succeed and come back with a vengeance for a head to head competition vs. Intel.
0 #7 Jermelescu 2012-01-10 23:33
If these guys do their jobs as they should, AMD will be very successful by 2015.

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