Ex-AMD exec Bergman joins Synaptics as CEO, President

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.

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    • HisDivineOrder
    • 8 years ago

    Well, who can blame him after he was passed over for the newb now running AMD? You certainly don’t stick around to be run by the newb yourself. Nope, you go and you move up the totem pole. Just what he did.

    Good for him.

    • ronch
    • 8 years ago

    How about Dirk? Any news about the father of K7? Randy Allen? Jerry?

    • luisnhamue
    • 8 years ago

    |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.

    at least he can still tell to his friends that he is CEO & President

      • Flatland_Spider
      • 8 years ago

      He’ll probably get more sleep at night too.

    • Arclight
    • 8 years ago

    The real question regarding Mr. Bergmen departure is if he heard? You know…..
    [url<]https://techreport.com/discussions.x/21670[/url<]

    • RtFusion
    • 8 years ago

    Heh, I happen to have my mouse touch-pad from Synaptics on my Acer. I like it but seldom use it now since getting Logitech G500 for it (have one for my desktop too).

    • NeelyCam
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]Bergman will be running the company that makes the touchpad.[/quote<] Meg Whitman didn't last long, eh..? Wait.. what?

    • allston232
    • 8 years ago

    “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, instead.” Two “instead” words in the same sentence? Redundant.

    • sschaem
    • 8 years ago

    AMD like to do things abruptly

    Like announcing 2 days before the quarter end that Q3 was a ‘disaster’…

    Rick Bergman knew this being an executive, I wonder how this influence his departure.

    Anyways, AMD seem to be in a world of hurt.
    – New words today that the 7000 serie Radeon is postponed until 2012,
    – Dresden fab cant manufacture llano in any volume (hence Q3 number downward revision)
    – Interlagos was late (no it wasn’t right on time) and indicate manufacturing problems
    – WSJ name AMD board as second worse in all US large cap (large cap, not after today)
    – … and all the unofficial benchmark showing BD as a failure.

    Whats next? FX processor to be delayed ?

      • Vasilyfav
      • 8 years ago

      [quote<]Whats next? FX processor to be delayed ? :)[/quote<] I'll believe it when I see it!

        • ClickClick5
        • 8 years ago

        The day of.

        • NeelyCam
        • 8 years ago

        It’s not delayed – it will be exactly on time.

      • NeelyCam
      • 8 years ago

      [quote<]Like announcing 2 days before the quarter end that Q3 was a 'disaster'...[/quote<] [url<]http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/22c165f0-ea21-11e0-b997-00144feab49a.html#ixzz1ZIWjEPrT[/url<] Quote: "The Silicon Valley company said production quality levels or “yield” at its Globalfoundries plant in Dresden, Germany, had affected the ramping up of production of its Llano processors, made with circuits just 32 billionths of a metre wide. Supplies of 45-nanometre chips had also been hit by manufacturing problems." Was NeelyCam right... again? Answer: yes. Of course, when I suggested that GloFo had yield issues.. Downthumb City!

      • MadManOriginal
      • 8 years ago

      And the passive-agressive downvoter fanbois rally….

    • destroy.all.monsters
    • 8 years ago

    A curious move. I suspected he wanted to get into management (by which I mean CEO or Chairman) when he still could (the age factor) and Synaptics is the best at what they do. It can’t be as rocky as AMD. With Read at the helm there seems to be a push for non-tech based management and that left Rick with nowhere to go inside the company. Additionally Read has failed to articulate a vision of where AMD is going. All of that should add up to on-going defections until Read can either a) articulate clearly a direction, b) remove the board, c) execute or d) all of the above.

    My 2 cents.

      • sschaem
      • 8 years ago

      I think Rick B. being an Executive VP at AMD saw how ‘well’ the business is doing and decided to go while AMD still had a face.
      Harder to get a good management job when you come from a bankrupt company and you had an executive role there at the time.

      AMD board situation is hopeless, it is what it is.

    • jjj
    • 8 years ago

    about half on Synaptics’ revenue is from touchscreen controllers so it’s not just touchpads and it’s a pretty innovative company.

    • codedivine
    • 8 years ago

    Presenting the Accelerated Input Unit, combining the keyboard and touchpad on a single piece of plastic!

      • eofpi
      • 8 years ago

      Throw in a trackpoint too, and I’m sold!

      • Deanjo
      • 8 years ago

      Screw that, I want dual trackpads working in crossfire mode (minus any microstuddering of the input).

    • codedivine
    • 8 years ago

    Meh, double post

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