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AMD Loses Another Top Exec, This Time in the Client Group

By - Source: Heise.de | B 38 comments

AMD has confirmed another high profile departure.

Chris Cloran, corporate vice president and general manager of the client division at AMD has left the company. Cloran was in charge of the client processor business at AMD -- the unit that is responsible for the majority of AMD's revenue today.

There was no information when Cloran left and his future plans. The executive was promoted to corporate vice president in 2008 held the position of vice president for the company's mobile division prior to that.

Earlier this week, we learned that CFO Thomas Seifert will leave AMD effective September 28. The announcement has rocked AMD's stock and it appears that it has not bottomed out yet. AMD was down $0.03 or about 1 percent in Wednesday trading. The company's market cap is down to $2.54 billion.


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    dudewitbow , September 20, 2012 3:30 AM
    AMD loses 2 executives, an intel exec is going to retire, Nvidia loses a mobile exec, OCZ exec resigns. what the heck happened in the computation world in the last week
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    bullwinkel , September 20, 2012 3:39 AM
    Maybe all those execs are going to start a new tech company together xD
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    alexthager , September 20, 2012 3:11 AM
    I feel terrible, this week has been terrible for AMD, let alone the last several months. I use an Intel CPU, but I use AMD's all the time. I hope they can recover from this downfall.
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    dormantreign , September 20, 2012 3:13 AM
    AMD just needs good proc engineers, Don't matter who runs what, it matters that they give the other guy a run for their money....the their products speak for themselves.
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    dormantreign , September 20, 2012 3:14 AM
    no edit button......The = Let
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    edogawa , September 20, 2012 3:20 AM
    As much as I like Intel, they need competition, it's almost always good. Things are not looking to good for AMD.
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    pharoahhalfdead , September 20, 2012 3:26 AM
    We always hear about people departing from AMD who had been with the company for a long time, but the company has been on a downhill slide for YEARS. Why would you want to keep a bunch of top shelf people who have done nothing to change it? "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got." There isn't much further down AMD can go. If a business is failing, it would be madness to think keeping the same routine would change thangs. Kitchen Nightmares will show you that. The only negative side would be if these people didn't already have some other job lined up, I would feel bad then.
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    dudewitbow , September 20, 2012 3:30 AM
    AMD loses 2 executives, an intel exec is going to retire, Nvidia loses a mobile exec, OCZ exec resigns. what the heck happened in the computation world in the last week
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    bullwinkel , September 20, 2012 3:39 AM
    Maybe all those execs are going to start a new tech company together xD
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    amuffin , September 20, 2012 3:39 AM
    Cause everybody from AMD wants to jump off the burning ship....
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    livebriand , September 20, 2012 3:41 AM
    I hope they manage to make a comeback - I am not looking forward to an Intel monopoly. At least one of my computers has an AMD processor. (the netbook has an E350; the desktop has an i5 750)
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    azraa , September 20, 2012 4:35 AM
    dormantreignAMD just needs good proc engineers, Don't matter who runs what, it matters that they give the other guy a run for their money....the their products speak for themselves.

    On the contrary, mate.
    Their engineers have actually good ideas, which can of course be improved.
    There has been a lot of tinkering in this site about how Bulldozer can be tweaked and it showed A LOT of potential. Now, AMD needs to implement these kind of modifications. Their modular architecture is brillian IMO.

    No, on the contrary, they need better management. Better paid engineers, better publicists, better financial advisors, better PR, etc.
    I like to see heads roll within AMD, they have been watching everything crumble and done nothing for years. If they were kept there, it would only have continued their downfall.
    Lets expect the best for the red team and their new batch of leading personnel.

    Cheers!
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    rds1220 , September 20, 2012 4:36 AM
    It keeps getting better and better........
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    Feedmemoarfood , September 20, 2012 4:40 AM
    Now taking bets that Apple hired them all. No one else has the funds or intent for world domination besides them. Have a nice day.
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    azraa , September 20, 2012 4:42 AM
    ps: I that just me, or this guy Gruener is SERIOUSLY bashing AMD?

    If this is intentional, then guys like him need some... ethics? and inform, as well, the victories and strenghts of the company
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    Pinhedd , September 20, 2012 5:13 AM
    azraaOn the contrary, mate.Their engineers have actually good ideas, which can of course be improved.There has been a lot of tinkering in this site about how Bulldozer can be tweaked and it showed A LOT of potential. Now, AMD needs to implement these kind of modifications. Their modular architecture is brillian IMO.No, on the contrary, they need better management. Better paid engineers, better publicists, better financial advisors, better PR, etc.I like to see heads roll within AMD, they have been watching everything crumble and done nothing for years. If they were kept there, it would only have continued their downfall.Lets expect the best for the red team and their new batch of leading personnel.Cheers!


    Their modular architecture may seem brilliant to you, but as an engineer myself Bulldozer seems like a solution in search of a problem. Bulldozer is a CISC implementation of a RISC architecture that was briefly used and subsequently abandoned by a now defunct electronics company.

    Silicon modularity really isn't all that it's cracked up to be. Intel managed to source over 150 different Sandybridge chips across the desktop, mobile, embedded, workstation, and server markets from only 5 different silicon blueprints. Intel's chips are "modular" in the sense that faulty parts can be selectively disabled for yield and marketing purposes.
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    bennaye , September 20, 2012 5:41 AM
    dudewitbowAMD loses 2 executives, an intel exec is going to retire, Nvidia loses a mobile exec, OCZ exec resigns. what the heck happened in the computation world in the last week


    The Avengers initiative for the PC world, made to combat Apple.
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    oxford373 , September 20, 2012 5:56 AM
    its all slowish bulldozer architecture(Modules) fault,all their problems can be solved as soon as they abandon bulldozer architecture and redevelop native cores like phenome II.
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    idroid , September 20, 2012 6:46 AM
    AMD should be put out of its misery.
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    ashinms , September 20, 2012 6:48 AM
    pinheddTheir modular architecture may seem brilliant to you, but as an engineer myself Bulldozer seems like a solution in search of a problem. Bulldozer is a CISC implementation of a RISC architecture that was briefly used and subsequently abandoned by a now defunct electronics company.Silicon modularity really isn't all that it's cracked up to be. Intel managed to source over 150 different Sandybridge chips across the desktop, mobile, embedded, workstation, and server markets from only 5 different silicon blueprints. Intel's chips are "modular" in the sense that faulty parts can be selectively disabled for yield and marketing purposes.


    The modular architecture is no different than hyperthreading with the exception of the implementation. There is a level of resource sharing between threads to increase total throughput per transistors. So far as it being a cisc implementation of a risc arch, I really hope you aren't talking about niagra, because that wasn't a modular design. That was a server chip with one single FPU shared with eight for way SMP Cotes optimized for server-only use, not four dual core modules. On the subject of Intel's modularity, AMD has been doing the exact same thing with shutting down cores and cache to increase yields for eons. That isn't modularity, that's gimping parts to create new price points. Nothing special about that at all.
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    Zingam , September 20, 2012 7:40 AM
    TOP NEWS: AMD Loses Another Top Janitor

    Yesterday Armhid Khan 53, a long time janitor at AMD resigned. He was cleaning the toilets at AMD for 23 years. In these harsh economic times this is a great loss for AMD. The stenct will spread throughout the offices of AMD, forcing even more employees to resign. The resignation of the valuable Mr. Khan caused the shares to drop another 87%. AMD is facing harsh time and may file for bankruptcy next month.
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    crisan_tiberiu , September 20, 2012 7:44 AM
    If theese people are responsible for the "crap" performance of the BD then ..." go with the wind"
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