AMD Replaces Raja Koduri With Two Graphics Heavyweights To Lead RTG

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Jan 23, 2018
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AMD announced today who will be replacing the company’s ex-head of graphics Raja Koduri, who was snatched by Intel last year to lead the company’s new discrete graphics business. Koduri will be replaced not by one but by two heavyweights to lead the business side of the Radeon Technologies Group as well as the engineering side of the business.

Those who’ve been following the Radeon Technologies Group closely over the past couple of years and especially over the last year will have picked up on the immense pressure and responsibility that Koduri had to essentially carry alone as Chief Architect of RTG, leading both the engineering and business side of the group. It had clearly taken a toll on Koduri and the business group as a whole, something he had talked about in several internal emails that were later made public.

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AMD Replaces Raja Koduri With Two Heavyweights To Lead Graphics At RTG

The good news for AMD is that CEO, Dr. Lisa Su has effectively managed to secure not one but two capable replacements and they couldn’t have come soon enough. 2018 is starting on an incredibly tough note for Radeon in the lucrative high-end segment. Having capable leadership at the helm is going to be key in navigating a year when NVIDIA is expected to put the pressure on like never before.

The new appointments are Mike Rayfield, who’s joining AMD as senior vice president and general manager of the Radeon Technologies Group and David Wang as senior vice president of engineering at RTG. Both will be reporting directly to Dr. Su.

Rayfield will handle all aspects of business management and strategy for the company’s graphics business unit, which includes consumer and professional graphics as well as semi-custom products. Wang will be responsible for all aspects of graphics engineering, including architecture, hardware and software development.

Mike Rayfield Joins AMD After Stints at Micron and NVIDIA

Rayfield brings to AMD more than 30 years of technology industry experience focused on growth, building deep customer relationships, and driving results. Rayfield joins AMD from Micron Technology, where he was senior vice president and general manager of the Mobile Business Unit. Under Rayfield’s leadership, Micron’s mobile business achieved significant revenue growth and improved profitability. Prior to Micron, Rayfield served as general manager of the Mobile Business Unit at Nvidia, where he led the team that created Tegra.

David Wang Rejoins AMD After Stint at Synpatics

With more than 25 years of graphics and silicon development experience, Wang brings deep technical expertise and an excellent track record in managing complex silicon development to AMD. Wang rejoins AMD from Synaptics, where he was senior vice president of Systems Silicon Engineering responsible for silicon systems development of Synaptics products. Under Wang’s leadership, Synaptics more than quadrupled its design team through acquisition and organic growth. Prior to joining Synaptics, Wang was corporate vice president at AMD, responsible for SOC development of AMD processor products, including GPUs, CPUs, and APUs. Previously, Wang held various technical and management positions at ATI, ArtX, SGI, Axil Workstations, and LSI Logic.

 

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