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.
Lonerabbit, they already tried that hat trick, but it didn't stick, or produced the results that you speak of.
Loyalty and hard work are just one of many issue that the next CEO will have to deal with.
I agree with also the sentiment that AMD should focus in what does well, and not shadow everything Intel does. AMD has done great low power CPUs, graphics and server targetted CPUs, among other things.
wow...quite some discussion going on the new CEO. Probably we can send these suggestions to the AMD board and get some publicity. One thing is sure though that AMD needs the kind of magic that Mr. Sanjay Jha has done for Motorola.
Intel has it's own roadmap and It's almost monopoly in the electronic world and leading other ODM & OEMs.
AMD is having it's own strengths & markets.
AMD should have visionary team and strong financial to share NO 1 position with Intel. Competitive and futuristic solutions will easily lead AMD to capture major share on CPU market.
All the best. We wish AMD & Intel will lead the electronic world in green direction.
Wow, some lucky firm will be blessed if Meyer would land on their company later on.
how about 8 possible candidates for Meyer's new job?
1. VIA (make cpu as well)
2. Godson of China (cpu bussiness)
3. Micron ?
Maybe the financial and marketing side of AMD has always been tough, but as they keep making these complex processors, there should be enough very competent people in the company. What I miss, is how they are going to position themselves between Intel and ARM in the mobile market. Maybe someone could take over that spin-off and create a fusion processor between ARM and AMD where you can power off the AMD processor completely, e.g. if anybody wants to work a little bit, he could easily load it into the accompanied (thin-client) tablet where he could plug-in the phone (and the phone charges). This would certainly boost the world of cross-compilation. Of course, e.g. in Android, you would need to reload the activity in the new processor core or pass it to the other Java VM. Why do we need an independent smartphone and tablet? If you buy a smartphone of 500 $ then 100 $ need to be enough for a tablet without processor, no camera needed.