AMD Hires Intel FPGA Exec to Lead Server Business Unit Amid Promotions

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AMD has hired top Intel executive Daniel “Dan” McNamara to grow the chipmaker’s Epyc business after last year’s launch of Rome. The hire comes amid several other promotions.

Dan McNamara led Intel’s FPGA group after joining the company from Intel’s acquisition of Altera in 2015. Most recently, he served as the general manager and senior vice president of Intel’s Network and Custom Logic Group, which consists of the company’s network infrastructure and Intel FPGA groups. That group was formed last year, but he left in October already, according to CRN.

McNamara will now take on a similar role at AMD, leading the company’s Server Business Unit, which falls under Forrest Norrod’s Datacenter and Embedded Solutions Business Group. According to AMD, he will be responsible for building on the successful launch of the second-generation Epyc Rome processors in 2019 and accelerate adoption among cloud and enterprise customers, AMD says.

AMD has also promoted four others to senior vice president (SVP):

  • Nazar Zaidi to SVP of Cores, Server SoC and Systems IP Engineering with continued responsibility for leading the development of leadership CPU cores, server SoCs and system IP.
  • Andrej Zdravkovic to SVP of Software Development, which spans graphics, client and data center products.
  • Spencer Pan to SVP of Greater China Sales and president of AMD Greater China.
  • Jane Roney to SVP of Business Operations.

AMD CEO Lisa Su commented: “Strengthening and expanding our leadership team are key to building on the significant momentum we have generated over the past several years. I am delighted to announce these additions to our senior leadership team. Each of these leaders will play key roles in helping us achieve our long-term growth objectives in the coming years.”