AMD sales and marketing head departs

— 6:00 AM on August 23, 2007

In the aftermath of former ATI CEO Dave Orton's departure from AMD last month, yet another key AMD executive is about to leave the company. This time, it's AMD's executive VP and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Henri Richard who'll be clearing his desk. Richard has announced that he will step down from his current position next month. In a press release about his departure, Richard is simply quoted as saying the following:

"After 20 years in the PC industry – and five of the most professionally rewarding years here at AMD – I have decided to make a move to a different business segment," Mr. Richard said. "I am leaving AMD at a time when the company is in position to break the monopoly that plagues this industry. I am immensely proud of my contribution to AMD, and in particular, of the strong team I leave behind."
Regarding the departure, AMD CEO Hector Ruiz says Richard achieved his goal of constructing "a world-class global sales and marketing organization" and building strong relationships with PC and server vendors. Ruiz adds that AMD will take advantage of those assets "to achieve even greater levels of success ahead." Richard's departure will come right as AMD introduces Barcelona, its upcoming quad-core server chip.
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