Tuesday, November 7th 2017

AMD Radeon Boss Raja Koduri Jumps Ship

As we reported back in September, Raja Koduri took a sabbatical leave from AMD's Radeon Technologies Group (RTG) to find himself. AMD CEO Lisa Su was left in charge during this time as Raja wasn't expected to return until December. However, our friends over at Hexus got their hands on a memo that Raja left to this team revealing his intentions to leave the company for good.
The memo is as follows:

'To my AMD family,

Forty is a significant number in history. It is a number representing transition, testing and change. I have just spent forty days away from the office going through such a transition. It was an important time with my family, and it also offered me a rare space for reflection. During this time I have come to the extremely difficult conclusion that it is time for me to leave RTG and AMD.

I have no question in my mind that RTG, and AMD, are marching firmly in the right direction as high-performance computing becomes ever-more-important in every aspect of our lives. I believe wholeheartedly in what we are doing with Vega, Navi and beyond, and I am incredibly proud of how far we have come and where we are going. The whole industry has stood up and taken notice of what we are doing. As I think about how computing will evolve, I feel more and more that I want to pursue my passion beyond hardware and explore driving broader solutions.

I want to thank Lisa and the AET for enabling me to pursue my passion during the last four years at AMD, and especially the last two years with RTG. Lisa has my utmost respect for exhibiting the courage to enable me with RTG, for believing in me and for going out of her way to support me. I would also like to call out Mark Papermaster who brought me into AMD, for his huge passion for technology and for his relentless support through many difficult phases. And of course, I want to thank each and every one of my direct staff and my indirect staff who have worked so hard with me to build what we have now got. I am very proud of the strong leaders we have and I'm fully confident that they can execute on the compelling roadmap ahead.

I will continue to be an ardent fan and user of AMD technologies for both personal and professional use.

As I mentioned, leaving AMD and RTG has been an extremely difficult decision for me. But I felt it is the right one for me personally at this point. Time will tell. I will be following with great interest the progress you will make over the next several years.

On a final note, I have asked a lot of you in the last two years. You've always delivered. You've made me successful both personally and professionally, for which I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I have these final requests from you as I leave:
  • Stay focused on the roadmap!
  • Deliver on your commitments!
  • Continue the culture of Passion, Persistence and Play!
  • Make AMD proud!
  • Make me proud!
Yours,
Raja

Lisa Su will continue to lead RTG until a suitable replacement for Raja is found.Source: Hexus
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78 Comments on AMD Radeon Boss Raja Koduri Jumps Ship

#1
rtwjunkie
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Vya Domus said:
I think that's what saved them. At the time they were getting crushed by Intel and their anti-competitive practices. They needed a new market where the playing-ground was even. They sure as hell got their return on investment , you may think they paid an exorbitant amount of money but what people don't realize is that it takes dozens or even hundreds or millions of dollars just to keep the company going.
We must remember things differently. AMD was not exactly getting crushed. Surprised, yes. But the exorbitant purchase price of ATI is easily one of the worst business decisions in history. It is what kept AMD fully in the red for over a decade.

Had they invested half of that in CPU's R&D, they likely would have been profitable and not needed a GPU fmdivision to just barely keep them afloat.
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#2
Konceptz
Intel offered him a bigger check, who wouldn't follow the money?
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#3
medi01
rtwjunkie said:
Had they invested half of that in CPU's R&D, they likely would have been profitable and not needed a GPU fmdivision to just barely keep them afloat.
CPU + GPU synergy is too good to just skip it.
Even back in "best" times, AMD was no match to Intel, they had to seek "non-conventional" ways.
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