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AMD Corporate VP and CTO of Graphics Departs Company

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Eric Demers waves goodbye to AMD.

We’ve just received word from AMD that Eric Demers, the company's former corporate vice president and CTO of its graphics business unit, has decided leave his post to pursue other opportunities.

AMD CTO Mark Papermaster, who has bounced from IBM to Apple to AMD, assumes interim responsibility for the graphics business unit role until a replacement is found.

"AMD remains fully committed to our critical graphics IP development and discrete GPU products.  We have a tremendous depth of talent in our organization, a game plan that is resonating with our customers and our team, and we are continuing to bring graphics-performance-leading products to market.  We will attract the right technology leader for this role," AMD said in a statement. "We thank Eric for his contributions to the business and wish him well in his future endeavors."

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    phishy714 , February 14, 2012 6:46 PM
    Damn.. they are bleeding management over there. The company is probably going in a direction all these people don't agree with.

    Can't be good.
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    sunflier , February 14, 2012 6:34 PM
    Quote:
    ...until a replacement is found.

    Marcus, can you provide an address where I can submit my resume for this role? Thanks.
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    salgado18 , February 14, 2012 6:47 PM
    blingblingIn other news Intel just filled a new CTO role.

    There, I fixed it.
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    cybr , February 14, 2012 6:33 PM
    NVDA up
  • 17 Hide
    sunflier , February 14, 2012 6:34 PM
    Quote:
    ...until a replacement is found.

    Marcus, can you provide an address where I can submit my resume for this role? Thanks.
  • 9 Hide
    Anonymous , February 14, 2012 6:34 PM
    what is up with the revolving door at amd?
  • 0 Hide
    blingbling , February 14, 2012 6:35 PM
    In other news Nvidia just filled a new CTO role.
  • 18 Hide
    phishy714 , February 14, 2012 6:46 PM
    Damn.. they are bleeding management over there. The company is probably going in a direction all these people don't agree with.

    Can't be good.
  • 13 Hide
    salgado18 , February 14, 2012 6:47 PM
    blingblingIn other news Intel just filled a new CTO role.

    There, I fixed it.
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    cookoy , February 14, 2012 7:02 PM
    clearly the CTO of graphics saw that the grass is greener outside amd's pasture or maybe he's starting to like blue skies
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    ivaroeines , February 14, 2012 7:06 PM
    drecksswhat is up with the revolving door at amd?

    Think the "failures" of latest of generations of CPU's from AMD have been hard for the management team, I do think they may worry too much about bad test results. I think there are many that support AMD despite the fact that test results of their CPU's are poorish, all current CPU's from AMD are more than fast enough for most peoples needs and i do think that people support AMD in a far greater extent than their bosses realize. AMD is needed to keep Intel on its toes, it would be a bad day for us computer enthusiasts if AMD where to go down, so i keep buying AMD products even if it makes me look silly.
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    popatim , February 14, 2012 7:08 PM
    ABANDON SHIP!!! ALL HANDS ABANDON SHIP!!!
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    billj214 , February 14, 2012 7:12 PM
    Upper management makes most of their money on bonuses and stock, maybe AMD is unable to pay in order to keep good talent. I know there was a website somewhere with public knowledge of bonuses someone could dig up for us to confirm this!
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    Anonymous , February 14, 2012 7:42 PM
    ".., a game plan that is resonating with our customers and our team," You mean like, better driver suppor-You know what, nevermind.
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    Martell1977 , February 14, 2012 7:53 PM
    With Obama in the White House, leaving for other opportunities probably means collecting unemployment.

    Maybe they are just removing redundant positions. Then again, I can see Intel poaching him to help with their graphics development. If we see a news report of him getting added to the roster of another megacorp, then we will know.
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    wiyosaya , February 14, 2012 8:03 PM
    cookoyclearly the CTO of graphics saw that the grass is greener outside amd's pasture or maybe he's starting to like blue skies

    Perhaps AMD was tired of cleaning up his mess. Perhaps that is hard to believe with the quality of AMD's GPU offerings, however, his title was Corporate VP, and likely had influence, perhaps detrimental, elsewhere. "To pursue other opportunities" is often corporate speak for "asked to resign because of ideas not fitting with corporate vision."
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    kitsunestarwind , February 14, 2012 8:22 PM
    Just AMD cleaning house
    All those lines like "To pursue other opportunities" and such is the nice way of saying leave before we fire you for incompetence
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    jacobdrj , February 14, 2012 8:51 PM
    AMD management has sucked for years. If this executive doesn't like the direction AMD is going, it must mean AMD is going in a better direction...
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    eddieroolz , February 14, 2012 9:05 PM
    This is just the latest in the string of high-profile executives that have left the company. Could this be a sign of disaffection with the way the company is heading?
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    memadmax , February 14, 2012 9:29 PM
    yawn, who cares....

    It's the engineers, programmers, fabricators, etc that make a great product....

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    littleleo , February 14, 2012 9:53 PM
    "We thank Eric for his contributions to the business and wish him well in his future endeavors."


    Now stay tuned for the non-compete lawsuit that is coming when he lands a job.
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    f-14 , February 14, 2012 10:51 PM
    i wish the rest of the ATi managment would quit, they couldn't even keep ATI floating with their only main source of competition being Nvidia.
    incorporating them into AMD has laid tragic waste to the CPU division.
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