Friday, January 25th 2019

AMD Re-structures Leadership Team; James Prior Leaves AMD

Let me be the first to say that the two may not be directly related, but it is an awfully strong coincidence that both pieces of news come out on the same day. Indeed, earlier in the day AMD put out a press release (full release past the break) announcing "multiple organizational changes focused on strengthening the company's senior leadership team and accelerating growth." Several familiar names have been promoted within the company to be in charge of more products and visions across their CPU and GPU business units. Mark Papermaster, for example, is now an executive VP as well as CTO of AMD, and the company has also hired in new talent, including industry veteran Sandeep Chennakeshu, as executive VP of "Computing and Graphics responsible for the company's high-performance PC, gaming and semi-custom businesses".

Perhaps all this re-structuring and new hiring comes in handy, at a time when we have seen several people leave AMD for Intel or otherwise. Indeed, shortly after that press release went out, word got to us that James Prior, Senior Product Manager for AMD, and an ardent employee for nearly 6 years, is no longer working for the company. We have no word yet on what is next for James, but it was more than a small surprise to know that the person you just spoke with at CES, and had a long conversation of AMD's desktop processors, is gone just like that. We have known James for many years now, and can attest to his work ethics as well as being a great guy all-round. We wish him the best in his future ventures, and look forward to also seeing how AMD's re-structuring turns out.
The AMD press release follows below:

AMD today announced multiple organizational changes focused on strengthening the company's senior leadership team and accelerating growth.

AMD will unify all sales operations under Darren Grasby, senior vice president and chief sales officer. Grasby will now lead the global sales and go-to-market activities across all product lines, channels and regions. Previously, Grasby was responsible for worldwide sales to PC manufacturers and channel partners. -- AMD has hired industry veteran Sandeep Chennakeshu into a new position as executive vice president of Computing and Graphics responsible for the company's high-performance PC, gaming and semi-custom businesses. Chennakeshu brings extensive semiconductor experience, a deep technology understanding from a systems and software perspective, and extensive general management experience. He has spent the last 30 years serving in multiple senior engineering and executive roles at Ericsson, Freescale, Sony and Blackberry. -- As the datacenter business continues to grow in importance for AMD, Forrest Norrod, senior vice president and general manager, Datacenter and Embedded Solutions Group, will now have responsibility for all AMD datacenter products across both CPUs and GPUs. -- AMD is promoting Mark Papermaster to executive vice president and CTO in recognition of his leadership in driving the technology vision and roadmap execution of the company.

"2019 marks an important inflection point for AMD as we prepare to launch our next-generation high-performance 7nm products," said Dr. Lisa Su, AMD president and CEO. "I am excited to strengthen and align our leadership team around our customers and end markets to sharpen our focus on continued growth and market share gains." Source: James Prior, on Twitter
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29 Comments on AMD Re-structures Leadership Team; James Prior Leaves AMD

#1
xkm1948
So David Wang did not make it to head of RTG? Hmm, interesting. Whether he will be poached by Intel Graphics or not.
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#2
Imsochobo
xkm1948, post: 3981736, member: 50521"
So David Wang did not make it to head of RTG? Hmm, interesting. Whether he will be poached by Intel Graphics or not.
David isn't removed.
I don't know which areas who will cover as both are in the leadership

https://www.amd.com/en/corporate/leadership
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#3
TheGuruStud
I'd get rid of him, too. Look at that emoji/hashtag puke-fest. What is he, a 12 yr old girl?
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#4
VSG
Editor, Reviews & News
TheGuruStud, post: 3981762, member: 42692"
I'd get rid of him, too. Look at that emoji/hashtag puke-fest. What is he, a 12 yr old girl?
So should we judge you based on your profile name, avatar and the location as well?
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#5
TheGuruStud
VSG, post: 3981768, member: 150714"
So should we judge you based on your profile name, avatar and the location as well?
Well, location is just a fact of...location, avatar pic is a fact that you can draw conclusions on and aliases are usually just made up shit you can remember...so good luck with that. But feel free.
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#6
renz496
TheGuruStud, post: 3981762, member: 42692"
I'd get rid of him, too. Look at that emoji/hashtag puke-fest. What is he, a 12 yr old girl?
So you're going to hate anything that is not AMD eh?
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#8
R-T-B
TheGuruStud, post: 3981778, member: 42692"
Well, location is just a fact of...location, avatar pic is a fact that you can draw conclusions on and aliases are usually just made up shit you can remember...so good luck with that. But feel free.
and 99% of twitter considers what you just quoted mild, but hey feel free.
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#9
XXL_AI
it feels like amd is headed towards total destruction.
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#10
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
XXL_AI, post: 3981804, member: 182013"
it feels like amd is headed towards total destruction.
Draining out the imbicels
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#11
ensabrenoir
......oh no....don't do it Amd/ RTG..... not like the old days......no......DO NOT SNATCH DEFEAT FROM THE JAWS OF VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You've been doing so much right lately....60% of the PC's in my house is ryzen based..... you gotta fight it don't go!!!


don't......awe man.........
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#12
Xzibit
@VSG "Senior Product Manager for AMD, and an ardent employee for nearly 6 years,"

He was only SPM for 1yr 8m. Probably got promoted and things didn't pan out.
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#13
Nkd
xkm1948, post: 3981736, member: 50521"
So David Wang did not make it to head of RTG? Hmm, interesting. Whether he will be poached by Intel Graphics or not.
David wang is still the guy who handles pretty much engineering and architecture for rtg. Honestly his position is still high up there. Looks like amd just separated the business and engineering side of things. Compare their profiles and you will see.
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#14
VSG
Editor, Reviews & News
Xzibit, post: 3981812, member: 105152"
@VSG "Senior Product Manager for AMD, and an ardent employee for nearly 6 years,"

He was only SPM for 1yr 8m. Probably got promoted and things didn't pan out.
Those are two separate items, he was an SPM and he was an AMD employee for nearly 6 years.
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#15
Nkd
XXL_AI, post: 3981804, member: 182013"
it feels like amd is headed towards total destruction.
Lol. Sure!
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#16
Imsochobo
Nkd, post: 3981813, member: 42675"
David wang is still the guy who handles pretty much engineering and architecture for rtg. Honestly his position is still high up there. Looks like amd just separated the business and engineering side of things. Compare their profiles and you will see.
IE. strenghten.
RTG really needs all the resources now if their cpu lineup confidence is anything to judge by they can :)
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#17
Nkd
Imsochobo, post: 3981816, member: 66457"
IE. strenghten.
RTG really needs all the resources now if their cpu lineup confidence is anything to judge by they can :)
Yep! Raja was handling both. Now there are two guys one ex Radeon guy (David Wang). handling architecture software and GPUs. His profile literally says from everything to ........ lol.
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#18
yakk
Interesting how a corporate exec shuffle makes the web news.
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#19
Zubasa
XXL_AI, post: 3981804, member: 182013"
it feels like amd is headed towards total destruction.
RTG might be, but AMD proper aka the CPU part is doing more than fine.
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#20
ShurikN
Aside from Raja there weren't any more departures of high level engineers or product developers. All the people were in marketing, pr, finances or similar areas...
So basically all the people that left were more or less expandable, replaceable within hours.
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#21
Regeneration
NGOHQ.COM
XXL_AI, post: 3981804, member: 182013"
it feels like amd is headed towards total destruction.
A new broom cleans better. Actually, I've seen some improvement lately. Drivers getting a lot bug fixes.

VSG, post: 3981768, member: 150714"
So should we judge you based on your profile name, avatar and the location as well?
Cavemanjim used to troll my threads on Rage3D. He was a bit immature.
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#22
ZoneDymo
TheGuruStud, post: 3981762, member: 42692"
I'd get rid of him, too. Look at that emoji/hashtag puke-fest. What is he, a 12 yr old girl?
Emoji's cant be very helpful to indicate the intention of the message.
Here though, its a little confusing to me, "I now longer work for AMD (smiley face)" ? makes me feel he really wanted to get out of there or something.
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#23
DeathtoGnomes
First,
announcing "multiple organizational changes focused on strengthening the company's senior leadership team and accelerating growth."
is nothing but PR mumbo-jumbo. Quite a common saying when a company does the desktop name plate shuffle.

2nd, Intel has been waiting for Prior.
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#24
notb
Nkd, post: 3981813, member: 42675"
David wang is still the guy who handles pretty much engineering and architecture for rtg. Honestly his position is still high up there. Looks like amd just separated the business and engineering side of things. Compare their profiles and you will see.
Actually they just shuffled some areas between CPU and GPU branches. This is just a sign of something big coming up (something more senior members - who already quit - might have known about / noticed earlier).
ShurikN, post: 3981838, member: 140585"
Aside from Raja there weren't any more departures of high level engineers or product developers. All the people were in marketing, pr, finances or similar areas...
So basically all the people that left were more or less expandable, replaceable within hours.
That's really naive, even from you. :eek:

"Finance" is not just about preparing financial statements. It's also about investing, about securing R&D funds and about having a safe, financially stable and respectable business.
"Marketing" is not just about convincing clients that they want your product. It's also about learning what they need and what they're willing to pay for.
And AMD is behind competition on all of these things.

And you know how focusing on engineering, while putting less work into things like marketing and finance, ends?
It ends with having a fine product that they don't know how to sell. Or something that no one wants to buy. It ends with a stock value that has more to do with tweets than AMD financial situation.

And, ultimately, it usually ends with changes.
Because you know how we call organizations that concentrate on making good product and ignore business matters and high-level management? We call them "subsidiaries". :)
yakk, post: 3981827, member: 158293"
Interesting how a corporate exec shuffle makes the web news.
Yeah, it feels pretty weird seeing people knowing and caring so much about AMD management. Do these people also care as much who's a sales or product manager at their favourite shoe maker? Or food chain?
I follow a few computer-related forums online and comparing how much people know about AMD CEO and a computer itself, I'd rather just see them read about "semiconductor" on wikipedia.
Which takes us to an interesting issue.
@W1zzard - after TPU gave us all this wonderful content about cryptocurrencies, AMD's corporate structure, Intel's financial statements and so on, is there a possibility of seeing some articles about engineering? Or programming?
It seems, and I'm sure many of us concur, that TPU ambitions reach far beyond overclocking and fps. As the cryptocurrency idea didn't really catch on - why not try a different one? :)
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#25
sepheronx
These departments go through personnel changes much more often than most of you guys think. Companies here in Canada often go through these kind of people like I go through underwear.
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