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AMD's Rick Hegberg  (Source: AMD)
AMD loses another executive

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.

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RE: Merger was a Mistake
By Regs on 9/5/2007 5:14:44 PM , Rating: 2
Even if Barc turns out to be competitive in its first year (I doubt it will beat Conroe at this point), AMD has a whole slew of other problems. Internal and external. Their CEO is simply not experienced enough in mergers. Just like what happen to HP. Over zealous CEO wants to merge, destroys their company, then gets booted out by the board members so that they could hire someone competent enough to clean up the mess.

Their products are late, their revenue went from the top of Mt.Saint Helens to the lower levels of Death Valley (in comparison).

Who better to resign than the chief of sales? He respectfully resigned before he likely got the axe if you asked me. He had a lot of people to answer to with no answers. I really don't think the Chief of Marketing and Sales quit because of Barcelona. He quite because his dream job became his own hellish nightmare and the pressure coming down on him was likely enough to squeeze a snot ball out of geroge washingtons portrait on the quarter.

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