AMD shuffles execs, creates engineering group

Randy Allen replaces Rivas as head of the company's computing solutions group

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Monday announced a series of internal management changes along with the creation of a new organization charged with overseeing the chip maker's product road map.

As part of the realignment, Randy Allen was promoted to senior vice president of AMD's computing solutions group, replacing Mario Rivas, who is leaving the company "to pursue new opportunities," the company said.

Prior to his latest appointment, Allen was responsible for AMD's server and workstation business. He will now report directly to Dirk Meyer, AMD's president and chief operating officer.

The new central engineering organization will be headed by Chekib Akrout, former vice president of design technology at Freescale Semiconductor, and Jeff VerHeul, AMD's corporate vice president of design engineering.

The new group will report to Meyer and will oversee the development and direction of AMD's technology and product road maps.

Prior to Freescale, Akrout worked at IBM where "he was responsible for IBM's work on the development of the Cell processor, the Xbox 360 processor for Microsoft and embedded PowerPC cores," AMD said.

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