Personally I think the topic here regarding successors, as a gossip game, is irresponsible, in fact the matter of greater importance is the lack of skill and leadership of AMD's board of directors, a truly hapless crew if there ever was.
To have some appreciation for the deft skill of Meyer, you have to comprehend the massive logistics involved in successfully executing the most complex CPU designs on the planet, against the most formidable competitor - Intel, with a tiny fraction of your competitor's resources and budgets.
A non technical manager taking over AMD will sink AMD.
A technical manager with limited design expertise will be hapless.
An ex Intel leader will not be calibrated to the scrooge's budget realities that is AMD's reality.
And if someone is steeped in Mobile, AMD's present product line and financial lifeblood will slowly sink as Intel fields increasingly powerful devices ( IE Dirk Meyer's skill given the context of tiny R&D budgets, was unparalleled, rare as hens teeth and likely impossible to replicate in a competitive manner that he attained brilliantly )
So just about anyone listed in this article will likely cause AMD to relinquish the gains Dirk Meyer brilliantly achieved right after Ruiz nearly lost the firm. And Ruiz is a nice guy, but did not comprehend his own limits nor AMDs.
That the board approved spinoff of the nascent mobile products of AMD to help the firm survive ( not merely grow, but SURVIVE ) and to apparently have used this as "justification" to replace / fire Dirk Meyer, as brilliant as he truly is, indicated AMDs board is incompetent, even if few might comprehend this fact.
Tragic really, and no one will be able to save the firm from the board's lack of skill.
Few executives will match nor exceed Dirk Meyer's skill and efficiency in development, and (technical) financial management.
Dirk Meyer was brilliant to a level few comprehend, especially given the miserable financials inherited from Ruiz's spendthrift ways ( approved by many of the same board of directors ).
Dirk was able to keep up with Intel's massively capitalized effort in a manner no one might equal, and certainly not exceed.
Given the same board agreed to jettisoning the prior seeds of a mobile product line ( due to obvious low revenue / margin potential relative to the present products ) and the HUGE imperative to focus to credibly keep up with the Intel juggernaut in higher margin PCs, laptops and servers, the board are near fools, not able to see that just a few years ago when Dirk took over, AMD was teetering on Bankruptcy, a "legacy" of Ruiz's skills? and the board's less astute approval of Ruiz's spending spree.
Meyer was truly a deft miracle worker, and the board ought to be ousted, but this will never happen for obvious political reasons.
But it is unlikely anyone might have come close to Dirk Meyer's achievements, with comparably thin resources. Even with unlikely greater resources, no one will do better than Dirk Meyer.
The only rational to have ousted Mayer was the vain hope the Pat Gelsinger might have the skills to gain some competitive advantage over Meyer for AMD, but Intel folks are used to development budgets that would sink AMD in a minute. Not to disparage Gelsinger, he is no slouch, but give him the same financial limitations as Dirk was saddled with, I have some profound skepticism pat will survive, and morever AMD might do any better than under Dirk, likely far worse for obvious reasons.
AMD should bring Jerry Sanders back as chairman -- just as David Packard returned to HP years ago after the company seemed to have lost its roots. AMD under Jerry had a unique culture that fostered incredible employee loyalty and dedication. These qualities were critical in competing with a much larger and much richer competitor. Rob Herb, former senior VP of Sales and Marketing, would be a great CEO.
I agree (management experience) and I don't know. That was the reason for my long-shot comment. I know he put together and managed the IA32 team. That said, was Paul Otellini a seasoned manager before taking the helm of Intel? That's not intended to be cynical; I don't recall his past. So, does't it really require management experience or engineering wizardry to bring a company from the doldrums to on-par level with Intel?
Who ever get this opportunity will be a very lucky person, but it surely demands a techno commercial person with very sound knowledge of technology and research with a vision spanning the entire globe.
It would be really a tough selection for the jury.
EET's editor isn't smart enough to figure out the 'culture' requirement.
Pat Gelsinger will never make to it just for this reason and any other real intel camp ppl.
tell you the secret, the new CEO got to like something ... maybe like metalica's music. If he is not into this kind of stuff then forget about it.
In this aspect a ex-Qimonda/Spansion/... will make into the list.
Thanks for the suggested additions to the list, especially Dave Orton and Mark Pinto. Intriguing. Bob Colwell certainly would seem to have the tech chops and would command respect, but does he have the management experience?
@Roger and everyone else on this string who volunteered themselves for the job: I can't speak for AMD but I suspect that you will probably have to detail some of your qualifications in order to be considered. :)
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