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Former ATI president and CEO resigns from AMD

AMD today announced Dave Orton, executive vice president of AMD, has resigned. The resignation is effective in the end of July 2007. Orton was the former president and chief executive officer of ATI before the merger with AMD. A new executive vice president has not been appointed yet.

“It is with mixed feelings that I am leaving AMD,” Orton said. “I am very optimistic about AMD’s future. I believe strongly in the strategies that brought AMD and ATI together and the talented employees of the ‘new AMD’ who are committed to winning in the market by delivering the best possible solutions for customers.”

Orton was one of the “key drivers in the successful integration of AMD and ATI,” according to AMD President and Chief Operating Officer Dirk Meyer. “With his integration work complete and the successful launch of key graphics and chipset products earlier this year, the time was right for Dave to take his personal and professional life in a different direction,” he added.

Despite the “successful integration” of AMD and ATI, the company continues to hemorrhage cash, with debts mounting up fast and an estimated $1.1 billion in the bank. The company also posted a first quarter loss of $611 million USD.  

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Love this quote
By Desslok on 7/10/2007 2:40:21 PM , Rating: 6
“I am very optimistic about AMD’s future..."

That is why I am leaving.

RE: Love this quote
By DeepBlue1975 on 7/10/2007 4:39:35 PM , Rating: 4
Maybe he has low self esteem, and tried to say:

"I am very optimistic about AMD's future, bat I don't deserve it".

If you hear some news of Orton trying to kill himself by swallowing an 8800GTX and hanging himself from a C2D's fan wire, it'll be because I am right and you are wrong :D

RE: Love this quote
By BladeVenom on 7/10/2007 4:45:06 PM , Rating: 2
Or try to burn himself to death with a 2900XT.

RE: Love this quote
By Nossy on 7/10/2007 6:26:34 PM , Rating: 2
“I am very optimistic about AMD’s future..."

--> The future of AMD must be good now that I'm gone :)

RE: Love this quote
By mmarq on 7/13/2007 4:04:21 PM , Rating: 2
Well, i believe he took the fall for the R600 not being able to wipe the floor with Nvidia. At least that is my view, because in those situations i suspect that always someone ends up being blamed for.

There really was some bad design choices, because without doubt R600 had the potential. They forgot about 'pixel fill rate' and 'texel filtering rate' and bad anti-aliasing model.

Some very good reviews:

"We’re Apple. We don’t wear suits. We don’t even own suits." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs
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