Dirk Meyer

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Derrick R. "Dirk" Meyer (born November 24, 1961) was a former Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Micro Devices, serving in the position since July 18, 2008 and resigning on January 10, 2011.[1]

Education[edit]

He received a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree in business administration from Boston University Graduate School of Management.

Career[edit]

He was a co-architect of the Alpha 21064 and Alpha 21264 microprocessors during his employment at DEC and also worked at Intel in its microprocessor design group.[2]

Meyer joined AMD in 1996, where he personally led the team that designed and developed the Athlon processor.

(According to an article in Business Week, Meyer became President of AMD in January, 1996. It is my understanding he joined AMD in early 1995. There are many articles on the Internet stating that he joined AMD in 1995, and was promoted to Director of Engineering in 1996. One states he joined AMD in 1995 and was promoted to Director of Engineering a year later)

Dirk Meyer was formerly president and chief executive officer of AMD. At one time, he was the chief operating officer. In this role, he shared leadership and management of AMD with former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of AMD Hector Ruiz.[3] Prior to this role, Meyer served as president and chief operating officer of AMD’s Microprocessor Solutions Sector where he had overall responsibility for AMD’s microprocessor business, including product development, manufacturing, operations and product marketing.

On July 18, 2008, Dirk Meyer replaced Hector Ruiz as the CEO of AMD. Meyer focussed the company onto the PC and data center server market. AMD announced 2010 that more than ever notebooks are hitting the market in 2010. Meyer justifies the focus by stating that an increasing mobile and consumer electronics market does not shrink the traditional market. He wanted to address this markets later, when AMD is prepared to dedicate sufficient resources to address them well. This strategy lead to Bulldozer-architecture for the traditional PC-market, and Bobcat addressing the netbook and tablet market nearly exclusively dominated by Intel, both hitting the market in 2011 and 2012.[4]

In the beginning of 2011 Meyer stepped down as CEO, and was followed by Rory Read later in the year. [5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dirk Meyer to leave AMD.
  2. ^ Derrick Meyer, Forbes.
  3. ^ Executives<, Advanced Micro Devices.
  4. ^ AMD: Ready to play ball, CNN Money, 2010-08-30.
  5. ^ AMD's CEO Steps Down
  6. ^ Dylan McGrath, EE Times. "Former IBM, Lenovo exec takes the helm at AMD." August 25, 2011. Retrieved August 25, 2011.

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