It came as something of a surprise last year when Raja Koduri first announced his sabbatical from Radeon Technologies Group (RTG), the graphics side of AMD, followed by his resignation and then hiring by Intel. Lisa Su, the CEO and President of AMD, took over his duties in leading RTG when the sabbatical started in September, but this was always meant as a temporary role for her, ending when Raja returned, or as we now know his replacement is found. Today the company has announced industry leaders Mike Rayfield and David Wang are joining AMD, with Rayfield as a senior vice president and general manager of RTG and Wang as senior vice president of engineering for RTG.
Mike Rayfield is coming from Micro Technology, where he was senior president and general manager of the Mobile Business Unit, which achieved significant growth and improved profitability. Prior to working at Micro he was the general manager of the Mobile Business Unit at NVIDIA where he led the team that created Tegra. At AMD he will be responsible for all aspects of strategy and business management for consumer graphics, professional graphics, and semi-custom products.
David Wang is coming back to AMD from Synaptics, where he was the senior vice president of Systems Silicon Engineering. Synaptics better than quadrupled its design team under Wang, through acquisition and natural growth. Prior to Synapics Wang worked at AMD as a corporate vice president and was responsible for SOC development of the company's processors. In his new role he will be responsible for all aspects of graphics engineering, including technical strategy, architecture, hardware, and software for AMD graphics.
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