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AMD’s Executive Vice President, Henri Richard  (Source: Rahul Sood, DailyTech)
A corporate memo from AMD's CEO claims the company's executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer leaves September 8

AMD’s Henri Richard plans to step down from his position as executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer, according to an executive memo forwarded to DailyTech and confirmed by CNET. Richard’s resignation takes effect on September 8.

Richard’s resignation follows last month’s resignation of AMD’s Executive Vice President, Dave Orton. Orton was the former president and chief executive officer of ATI before the merger.

AMD has had a rough year in the CPU and graphics department. Despite a “successful integration” of the two companies, according to Orton, the company faced dramatic delays with its CPUs, chipsets and GPUs.

In its battle with Intel, the company touted the superior native quad-core Barcelona design, but has not launched a single quad-core processor. The company also faced delays with its AMD 690G chipset, which finally launched in February, despite expectations of a 2006 launch. AMD’s HD 2000 series also faced major launch delays, allowing NVIDIA to have a five-month head start in the DirectX 10 markets.

Financially, the company’s debts are mounting up fast after its $5.4 billion purchase of ATI Technologies. AMD’s first quarter loss of $611 million USD left analysts worried. AMD’s second quarter results were not any better, with a $600 million net loss. This forced the company to raise more cash by issuing $2.2 billion Convertible Senior Notes.

There is light at the end of the tunnel, however. AMD’s recent Technology Analyst Day outlined the company’s roadmaps with new technologies and products. The company’s next-generation Fusion architecture and octal-core Sandtiger provides hope in the long run.

AMD has yet to issue an official press release regarding the matter, nor has the company named a suitable replacement. An internal email, sent from Hector Ruiz to all AMD employees, reads the following:
We are sad to announce that Henri Richard has made the decision to leave AMD.

When Henri joined AMD in 2002, his primary mission was to establish a world class global Sales and Marketing organization. It is safe to say that he has accomplished that mission, and he is now ready for a new challenge in his career. While we will certainly miss him, it’s a measure of his success that the organization he leaves behind is fully poised to succeed and capable of maintaining and building the momentum that we built.

In the last five years, we have increased exponentially our global account foot print, acquiring customers of every caliber including the top PC and server OEMs around the world. In fact, from Toshiba and Acer to Lenovo, Dell, Sun and HP, we have become a critical strategic partner to our customers and a key component of enterprise solutions and consumer products worldwide.

Commensurate with this growth in our business, and the strength of our corporate and product brands.  We have a Sales and Marketing organization that can support and continue to grow our strategic importance to our customers. Nevertheless, we know this was a difficult decision for Henri, especially as we are poised to enjoy the successes of our acquisition of ATI, our upcoming quad-core Barcelona product and our strong product and technology roadmaps.

Henri’s official departure date is still pending, and we will communicate a leadership plan shortly.

Look for a Q&A with Henri to appear on AMD Online in the next day or two. Henri will discuss AMD’s accomplishments over the last five years, and our Phenomenal opportunities moving forward.

Please join us in thanking Henri for his leadership and wishing him well in his post-AMD career.
No official reasoning was mentioned by Ruiz for Richard's departure.  Richard's departure comes at a critical time; right in the middle of the upcoming Barcelona launch this quarter and Phenom FX by the end of the year.

Richard, in an interview with DailyTech in January of 2006, vowed the company would not stand still when it comes to new product development.

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RE: it seems
By Targon on 8/22/2007 10:19:13 PM , Rating: 2
The ATI purchase/merger is a long-term strategic thing, not a "short term" type of purchase. The merger itself would take at LEAST 5-6 months before the different groups within ATI and AMD would be organized in a way that the groups would communicate and work together. Then you are looking at at least six to ten months before real "positive results" would be seen.

This means that it would take at least a year to really see the initial benefits of the merger in terms of product development. It hasn't been that long yet(though we are getting close), so people complaining about not seeing results are NOT being realistic.

It is the resulting technologies of the merger that will benefit AMD in the long run. Things like Fusion are the most obvious project to come from the merger, but the lesser talked about benefits in terms of new extensions to the x86-64 instruction set are also important. How about things like using the graphics division to show potential products like a HyperTransport connected video card?

With a chipset division, AMD could also come up with a work-around to some problems with current system designs(like graphics adapters having their memory mapped into the 4 gigabyte space rather than being independent but still addressable). I don't know if this could be done(though I don't see why a workaround wouldn't be possible if done on a BIOS level), but that sort of thing COULD give AMD an advantage in this age of 512 meg and 1 gig video cards.

RE: it seems
By TomZ on 8/22/07, Rating: 0
RE: it seems
By vignyan on 8/23/2007 4:21:41 AM , Rating: 2
People got to see Companies as a group of multiple groups working on multiple things simultaneously. Any company with a work force as much as AMD can defenitely focus on multiple things and in multiple aspects.
For ex. If AMD were to concentrate on the processor arcitecture(Feont end deisgn) only and not the bkend-design, it would not produce a processor to challenge Intel.
Its the simultaneous innovations that help the company grow!
Take it from me, the employees at Intel are loving this competition.. and winning (not whining if anyone were to make a joke out of it... quit it ;))

RE: it seems
By TomZ on 8/23/2007 8:34:42 AM , Rating: 2
AMD's actual performance is proving you wrong. Why all the the delays with the last ATI release? Why all the delays with Barcelona? It's exactly because they don't have enough resources to meet their commitments and keep up with nVIDIA and Intel.

"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch
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