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AMD Merges Microprocessor, Graphics Chip Units
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As part of the reorganisation, Randy Allen, senior vice president of AMD's computing solutions group, will be leaving the company.

Saturday, May 16, 2009:  AMD has announced a new operating model that centres the organisation on four equally critical functions -- products, technology, marketing and customers. The new structure, according to the company, is designed to better optimise AMD’s operations to drive performance graphics and microprocessors and further integrate the company’s x86 processor and graphics technologies. The restructuring marks the company's latest move to claw back market share lost to arch-rival Intel Corp.

AMD has recorded consecutive quarterly losses for more than two fiscal years now. The company reported a net loss of $416 million for the first quarter of 2009, compared to a loss of $364 million in the first quarter of 2008.

In an effort to cut manufacturing costs and focus on chip design, the company recently spun off its manufacturing assets to GlobalFoundries. GlobalFoundries is a joint venture with investment firm Advanced Technology Investment (ATI), which is owned by the Abu Dhabi government.

“We are tightening our focus on delivering the winning products and platforms our customers want based on AMD’s industry-leading microprocessor and graphics technologies,” said Dirk Meyer, president and CEO, AMD.

Meyer added, “The next generation of innovation in the computing industry will be grounded in the fusion of microprocessor and graphics technologies. With these changes, we are putting the right organisation in place to help enable the future of computing.”

Meyer has organised the company around these four operating teams. The rest of Meyer’s direct reports remain unchanged. The products group, led by Rick Bergman, is responsible for delivering all of AMD’s platforms and products and aligning the graphics and microprocessor product development groups into a single unified organisation. Jeff VerHeul, 50, will head the processor solutions engineering team, to deliver AMD’s platform silicon and improve time-to-market and innovation for near-term roadmaps.

Led by Chekib Akrout, the advanced technology group will focus on developing AMD’s future technology innovation.

The marketing group will be headed by Nigel Dessau. According to AMD, this singular marketing group will drive cohesive and consistent external messaging across all of the company’s products and platforms.

The customer group, led by Emilio Ghilardi, will be a sales organisation responsible for expanding AMD’s customer relationships globally.

The company has also announced that Randy Allen, senior vice president, computing solutions group, has decided to leave the company. The details of Allen's departure were not disclosed by AMD. Meyer said in a statement, "Randy has been an important engineering and business leader who has played a key role in many of AMD’s most significant achievements in recent years. We wish him well in his future endeavours."

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