AMD replaces Rick Bergman with former Freescale, IBM exec


— 9:26 AM on December 16, 2011

A little over a month before AMD announced its dramatic layoffs, Rick Bergman, head of the company's Products Group, resigned and became CEO of Synaptics a few days later. It's taken AMD almost three months, but as the Austin-American Statesman reports, the company has finally hired a replacement: former Freescale and IBM executive Dr. Lisa Su.

Here's her two-paragraph resume, in AMD's words.

Dr. Su joined Freescale in 2007 as chief technology officer, where she led the company’s technology roadmap and research and development efforts. She was promoted to senior vice president and general manager, networking and multimedia in 2008, and was responsible for global strategy, marketing, product management and engineering for their embedded communications and applications processor businesses. Prior to her tenure at Freescale, Dr. Su spent thirteen years with IBM in various engineering and business leadership positions, including vice president of the Semiconductor Research and Development Center responsible for the strategic direction of IBM’s silicon technologies, joint development alliances and semiconductor R&D operations. Prior to IBM, she was a member of the technical staff at Texas Instruments in the Semiconductor Process and Device Center (SPDC).

Dr. Su has bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was named Fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) in 2009. She has authored or co-authored more than 40 technical publications and was named MIT Technology Review’s Top 100 Young Innovators in 2002.

What, that's it? Only three degrees at MIT and 40 publications to her name? Sheesh.

As the Senior VP and General Manager of AMD's Global Business Units, Dr. Su will "oversee the team responsible for driving end to end business execution of AMD's product solutions including strategy, product definition, and business plans." On top of that, AMD says it will rely on her to forge partnerships with software developers. Dr. Su will get started at her new job on January 3.

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