In late August, DailyTech
reported that Henri
Richard would leave his position as executive vice president and chief
sales and marketing officer for AMD on September
8. Richard had been with the company since 2002 and saw the Sunnyvale,
CA-based company go through good times (Opteron successes) and bad times (post
ATI acquisition difficulties).
Today, The Wall Street
Journal is reporting that another AMD executive is jumping ship. Rick
Hegberg, AMD's VP of worldwide sales, is leaving the company although a company
representative declined to indicate when the resignation would take place or
his prospects afterwards.
Hegberg was a former ATI employee and came to AMD after the 2006 acquisition.
Hegberg is also the second former ATI executive to leave AMD -- former ATI CEO Dave
Orton left in July.
It's interesting that three key executives are
abandoning the company prior to the release of Barcelona.
AMD's native quad-core processor family is just around the corner and the
company has already
announced pricing for the new chips.
quote: despite AMD's rather serious troubles of late, I'm confident they can endure these hard times.
quote: Dumping execs?
quote: In the long run, we will see the merger move up the schedule for 65nm and 45nm GPUs thanks to AMD experience researching these technologies
quote: All of the AMD's 45nm will be coming from IBM and other manufacturing partners
quote: i think the ati guys are being forced out. the ati unit is underperforming and having tech problems at a time when amd can't afford to lose market share anywhere.
quote: Barcelona is over a year behind
quote: it hardly clocks over 2GHz
quote: ATI was losing market share to Nvidia, AMD was getting beaten by a new Intel architecture in everyway.
quote: And what do we have now, Intel almost a monopoly at this point(exageration).
quote: Here, let me correct a few things for you
quote: Yes, Intel only holds 76.3% of the market
quote: Intel was never a monopoly, they have never been convicted of it
quote: The third guy is the odd man out and his exit made the biggest statement in the theory that Barcelona might not be all its cracked up to be
quote: Intel made no secret of the fact that it was going to demolish Athlong and when the launch game and independent benchmarks were run, it did just that. AMD did the same when Athlon was steamrolling the P4 in gaming