AMD shakes up management, internal organization

As part of its ongoing drive to transform into a leaner, more profitable business, AMD has announced a couple of moves that will see two executives depart and a new internal organization come into being.

For starters, AMD says Computing Solutions Group Senior VP Mario Rivas will depart the company, leaving his position to Randy Allen, who previously headed AMD’s server business. Allen will report to President and COO Dirk Meyer and will be "responsible for the development and management of AMD’s . . . consumer and commercial microprocessor solutions and platforms." Along with Rivas, former Senior VP and Chief Talent Officer Michel Cadieux will leave AMD to "pursue new opportunities."

Additionally, AMD has formed a new Central Engineering organization that will be led by Freescale and IBM veteran Chekib Akrout as well as existing AMD Design Engineering Corporate VP Jeff VerHeul. According to an AMD spokesperson quoted by, this new team will "work with customers and the internal business units to develop AMD’s future plans for its processor designs." Like Allen, the Central Engineering organization will report directly to Dirk Meyer.

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