As chief sales officer, Byrne is responsible for all global accounts and making sure that AMD is perceived as a credible and trustworthy partner. CEO has given Byrne the task of "exceeding the expectations of AMD's largest multinational partners".
While several key positions in AMD's top management have been filled with fresh blood, Byrne has been recruited from AMD's own ranks. Byrne was previously corporate vice president for the Americas region and corporate vice president of worldwide channel and SMB sales before that. He joined AMD in 2009 from Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS), where he served as president.
Over the past year, AMD has replaced all critical pillars of its company leadership with new executives. CEO Rory Read came from Lenovo, CMO Colette LaForce from Dell, chief strategy officer Rajan Naik from McKinsey & Company, CTO Mark Papermaster from Apple/IBM, and Lisa Su, SVP Global Business, from Freescale.