Last week, long-time ATI and AMD executive Rick Bergman, who rose to Senior VP and GM of AMD's Graphics Product Group, abruptly resigned his position and left the company, leading to all sorts of speculation about the causes. Today, we see where he's landed: as CEO and President at input device maker Synaptics. From the press release:
Santa Clara, CA – September 28, 2011 – Synaptics (NASDAQ: SYNA), a leading developer of human interface solutions for mobile computing, communications and entertainment devices, announced that the Board of Directors has concluded its search process and has appointed Rick Bergman, 47, as president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Mr. Bergman succeeds Russ Knittel, who has served as interim president and CEO since October 2010. Mr. Bergman has also been appointed to the Company’s board of directors.
So instead of directing the development of the Radeon or APU inside of your next laptop, Bergman will be running the company that makes the touchpad. Interesting—though not as interesting as, you know, working at AMD, we'd wager.