— Apple, Cisco and IBM veteran brings extensive processor and platform design experience spanning from low-power handhelds to high-performance blade servers—
Madrid — October 19, 2011— AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that Mark Papermaster, 50, has joined as the company’s senior vice president and chief technology officer. He will report to Presidentand Chief Executive Officer Rory Read and will oversee all of AMD’s engineering, research anddevelopment (R&D), and product development functions as the head of the newly-formed Technologyand Engineering Group. Papermaster, who was most recently vice president of Silicon Engineering at Cisco, will be responsible for establishing and executing the company’s technology and productroadmaps, integrated hardware and software development, and overseeing the creation of all of AMD’sproducts.
The advanced research and development team led by Senior Vice President of Research andDevelopment Chekib Akrout, as well as the engineering teams residing in AMD’s Products Group, willnow report to Papermaster. Akrout, 53, will maintain responsibility for leading AMD’s processor core development as well as system-on-a-chip (SoC) design methodology. In recognition of his ongoingtechnical and management contributions, Akrout will continue serving on AMD’s senior leadership team responsible for key decision making and strategy setting.
“Mark’s appointment significantly strengthens AMD’s senior leadership,” Read said. “Mark has heldsubstantial engineering roles for three of the technology industry’s most innovative companies. He is aproven winner who knows the industry, knows our customers and flat out knows technology.
“The newly-created technology and engineering group aligns all of AMD’s outstanding technical talent into a centralized team which will improve our time-to-market and help lift our execution across theboard. Most importantly, this new organization accelerates our ability to consistently deliver on ourcustomer commitments and help our customers win.”
At Cisco, Papermaster was responsible for the silicon strategy, architecture, and development for the company’s switching and routing businesses. Prior to Cisco, Papermaster served as Apple’s senior vice president of Devices Hardware Engineering responsible for the iPod and iPhone hardware development. He has also held a number of senior leadership roles at IBM, serving on the company’sTechnical Leadership Team and overseeing development of key microprocessors and blade server technologies.
Papermaster has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from The University of Vermont. He is a member of the University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering Advisory Board and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation IT Advisory Committee. Papermaster will be based in Sunnyvale, California.