Add Eric Demers to the list of AMD executives who are no longer with the company. Fresh from speaking with us at an analyst event a couple of weeks ago, the Corporate Vice President and CTO of AMD’s Graphics Division has left the firm to "pursue other opportunities." We first saw the news over at SemiAccurate, and AMD has since confirmed the departure. AMD CTO Mark Papermaster will take over Demers’ duties until a replacement is found.
This is just the latest in a string of high-profile departures from AMD’s executive team. Demers’ exit comes only a few months after Rick Bergman, then head of AMD’s Products Group, left the company. CEO Dirk Meyer was ousted just over a year ago. We haven’t heard if Meyer has landed anywhere since, but Bergman took over the helm at Synaptics shortly after leaving AMD. While Demers’ destination is unclear, PC Perspective claims he won’t end up at Intel or Nvidia.
Demers joined AMD back in 2000 as part of the ArtX acquisition, and he lead the team responsible for the shader core in the then-revolutionary Radeon 9700 graphics processor. The Cornell-educated engineer has been the CTO of AMD’s graphics business since 2009, a period during which Radeons have performed particularly well versus their competition from Nvidia. With that track record, I suspect Demers will pop up in a prominent position before long. It’s hard to see how this departure benefits AMD’s recently articulated long-term plans, in which graphic leadership was to be a "centerpiece."