LONDON Dirk Meyer has been promoted to president and chief operating officer at Advanced Micro Devices Inc, and will manage the microprocessors group in tandem with Hector Ruiz, who relinquishes the role of president but remains CEO and chairman of the board.
Meyer moves up from president and chief operating officer of AMD's Microprocessor Solutions Sector (MSS) business.
Meyer, who is 44, has been at AMD for just over a decade. In 1996 he was named director of engineering for the Athlon microprocessor development program in Austin, Texas. Three years later, he was promoted to vice president of engineering for the Computation Products Group (CPG) and became vice president of CPG in 2001. A year later he was named senior vice president of CPG and an executive officer of AMD.
In 2004, he was promoted to executive vice president of CPG and in 2005 was appointed president and chief operating officer of AMD's Microprocessor Solutions Sector.
"Dirk has played an essential role in AMD's rise to the position of technology and innovation leader in the microprocessor industry," said Ruiz. "He has made amazing progress with our microprocessor business, making it the envy of our industry.” Meyer said in a statement: "During my time at AMD, we've overcome many hurdles to become a driving force in the microprocessor industry. Still, more challenges and opportunities are ahead of us, and I plan to help AMD capitalize on those opportunities to change the competitive dynamics of the microprocessor industry and continue our sustained growth.
"My new position also gives Hector more bandwidth to focus on leading the company as CEO."
Before joining AMD, Meyer worked at Digital Equipment Corporation for nearly a decade and was co-architect of the Alpha 21064 and 21264 microprocessors, and before that he worked at AMD archrival Intel.