Word comes from AMD this afternoon that they have finally found a new Senior VP and General Manager for the company’s Computing and Graphics business group. The group has been without a GM since early this year when previous GM John Byrne left the company, with CEO Dr. Lisa Su overseeing the group on an interim basis.

After having conducted an external search, AMD has announced that they have tapped Jim Anderson to take over the group, bringing him over from Intel. Jim had in turn been with Intel for the last 7 months as the GM of the company’s Axxia communication processor business, after Intel acquired the business and Jim from LSI last year. Going farther back, before his tenure at LSI, Jim was employed at Intel as a microprocessor architect and later involved in Intel’s microprocessor strategic planning, giving him a bona fide background in the business he’s now being tapped to lead.

In their press release of the hiring, along with lauding Jim’s technical credentials, AMD has also been making it clear that they are bringing Jim on-board in order to help turn around the state of AMD’s Computing and Graphics business and improve its profitability. As the GM is responsible not only for technical matters but business and sales matters as well, AMD has been in need of someone capable of expertly handling all three aspects of the business, to which AMD believes that Jim’s “proven ability to transform businesses to drive profitable growth” makes him a good fit for the job.

Source: AMD

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  • Samus - Monday, June 1, 2015 - link

    Seriously, how else would AMD have gotten Hector Ruiz to save their butts back in the 90's with non-compete? Motorola fell apart after he left.
  • fluxtatic - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - link

    The threat's often enough. Where I work, there have been several people not hired because of non-competes. Not because they're actually enforceable, but because the company I work for doesn't want to pay the lawyers.

    Then again, I'd imagine AMD would pay for the fight. Guessing this guy wasn't under a non-compete, as Intel probably pays their legal team more than AMD's entire revenue in a year.
  • Dmcq - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - link

    If AMD or ARM or anyone else knew four years ago what is public about Intel now I'm not certain it would have made much measurable difference.to their products.
  • Dmcq - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - link

    Except of course for specific details about their foundry processes - that would have been worth something. And details of potential acquisitions are always worthwhile to shareholders!
  • wiyosaya - Thursday, June 4, 2015 - link

    A long, long time ago in an agreement not all that far away, Intel and AMD agreed to share technology. From this article - http://www.anandtech.com/show/2873

    Moving on, it’s the 3rd concession that’s the biggest for AMD. Although the Intel/AMD x86 cross-licensing agreement is private, it’s well-known that the agreement stipulated that AMD needed to produce the majority of their x86 processors in-house. With the formation of Global Foundries, AMD was applying a new interpretation to that requirement, one that Intel disagreed with and lead to a side-suit between the companies.

    As part of this settlement, the in-house production requirement has been dropped from the cross-licensing agreement. AMD is no longer required to produce x86 CPUs, and as of today AMD has begun immediate preparation to go fully fabless.
  • SeanJ76 - Thursday, August 27, 2015 - link

    Not going to save AMD.... AMD is already a has been......
  • ChefJeff789 - Monday, June 1, 2015 - link

    I love AMD, especially with their history in the early '00's when I started building computers more frequently. However, after the Core iX processors launched, every headline with "AMD" made me cringe involuntarily. Now, anything but rumors/news of an aquisition of a larger/more capable/fab-owning firm is just... not terribly encouraging. Hopefully zen and Anderson can help them regain market share, but I have little faith at this point.
  • Wreckage - Monday, June 1, 2015 - link

    "Jim had in turn been with Intel for the last 7 months"
  • althaz - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - link

    Did anybody else find it strange that this article referred to Jim Anderson as "Jim"?
  • Nagorak - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - link

    Yeah that is kind of weird.

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