A completely unscientific poll of EE Times editors has identified several potential candidates for Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s CEO position, which became vacant when Dirk Meyer resigned in "mutual agreement" with the company's board of directors Monday (Jan. 10).
AMD, of course, isn't talking about what executives are on its short list. A spokesperson for the company said no specific timetable has been established for naming a new CEO.
"We have begun the process and are moving quickly, but deliberately, to select the best permanent CEO," the spokesperson said.
We think the following eight candidates have the right experience, track record and cachet to be considered for the position.
Pat Gelsinger, EMC Corp.
Pat Gelsinger, president and chief operating officer for EMC Corp.'s Information Infrastructure Products group, is best known for his 30 years at Intel, where he was the company's first chief technology officer and later senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group. Earlier in his career, Gelsinger was the lead designer of Intel's 386 processor.
Gelsinger seemed in contention to be Intel's next CEO until Sean Maloney emerged as Paul Ottelini's protégé and was named co-general manager of Intel's Architecture Group. Gelsinger left Intel in 2009 for the No. 2 job at EMC.
Gelsinger has industry stature and charisma, qualities the AMD board is believed to be seeking in a new CEO.