AMD seems to be shedding executives at a frightening pace lately. On the heels of Emilio Ghilardi's departure less than two months ago, two additional executives have left or are leaving the chipmaker: Pat Patla, former General Manager and Corporate VP of AMD's Commercial Business unit, and Godfrey Cheng, Director of AMD's Client Technology Unit.
Patla's departure is clearly official. His LinkedIn profile confirms it, and the Wall Street Journal's Digits blog reported on it this morning. Patla has apparently defected to Samsung, where he now holds the title of Vice President. The WSJ blog speculates that Samsung might be looking to build some ARM-based server chips, since it says other AMD veterans have left to work for the Korean giant recently. (At AMD, Patla oversaw the company's Opteron processors.)
Cheng, meanwhile, still lists his AMD position as current on LinkedIn. However, the following update can be found on his Facebook page:
after almost 12 years at ATI Technologies / AMD, I tendered my resignation last week. I will be here for approximately the next week then I may wander the earth and get into adventures......
Cheng served as Director of Marketing at ATI from 1998 onward. After the AMD-ATI merger in 2006, he went on to serve as the Director of Technical Marketing for AMD's graphics products. He was also Director of AMD's Client Technology Unit.