It is no secret that AMD's board of directors and new executive ranks have plans to change the company into something very different that what the company once was. However, the pace at which former key staff is departing is rather surprising.
Bob Feldstein, vice president of business development and in charge of AMD's Boston Design Center, has left the company and is joining Nvidia as vice president of technology licensing at Nvidia. During his time at AMD, he was responsible for deals that included the integration of ATI graphics into the Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360. Feldstein is the next in line of several other high profile departures, including John Bruno, Godfrey Cheng, as well as higher level executives that included Rick Bergman and Nigel Dessau.
While Bergman and Dessau are rumored to have been layoffs, and Bruno was accepted as a casualty during the layoff round late last year, key staff such as Cheng and Feldstein went to rivals or moved deeper into the field AMD is trying to reach. Bruno is now at Apple, Bergman is CEO of Synaptics, a developer of human interface solutions. Cheng, formerly a director in AMD's gaming division, is vice president of marketing at Synaptics.