Decision made on AMD CEO – our Oracle speaks

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“Beat the bushes to startle the snakes” is an age old maxim and, in the case of KitGuru’s earlier story about the possible merger of AMD with nVidia – we seem to have stirred up a response to the question, “Who will be AMD’s new CEO?”

While there is definite State-side talk of nVidia and AMD merging business interests, we’ve since had new information about the AMD CEO position.

How accurate are these rumours?   Well, here’s an idea of how close KitGuru tends to hit to the bullseye. On 11th May, we heard a strong rumour that Lenovo was in the market for a PC company with strong retail/channel presence. Looking at the problems experienced by Acer, we figured that this was a likely target. Almost 3 weeks later, on 2nd June, the BBC carried the story that Lenovo had purchased Medion.

Not bad.

When we say that the name of AMD’s next CEO is likely to be on this screen grab, then it’s said with the same level of confidence as the ‘Lenovo will acquire a major PC manufacturer’. We’re sure it’s true, but can’t be certain of the exact name.

So who will be the next CEO at AMD? Is the name here or do we need to scroll down. Maybe to the letter 'T' ?

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Who would be the most interesting choices?   Well, Safra Catz is both female and Israeli – which could provide a cool contrast to AMD stakeholders like… the Abu Dhabi-backed Mubadala Development Company for example.

Hand on heart, we’re honestly not sure which Oracle-ite it will be, but we’re quite sure that it will be one of Ellison’s inner circle. Most experts we’ve spoken with agree that Dirk and Hector were not the strongest choices possible, let’s hope that AMD gets it right this time. More than anything, AMD’s next 10 years will be down to its relationships with the major manufacturers, like Dell, HP, Acer, Apple and – increasingly – Samsung.

Longer term, putting nVidia’s Tegra programme with Fusion, Bulldozer and GeForce would certainly create an organisation and portfolio capable of entering the Fortune 500…  but it doesn’t now look as though Jen Hsun would be the captain of the ship.

Spoke to this bird over at Delphi, she said AMD will fill the captain's chair from Oracle. Nice.

KitGuru says: We will keep our ears to the ground on the nVidia/AMD story – while watching out for a public announcement on AMD’s CEO. Of the 2 stories, the merger of the graphics titans would be, by far, the juiciest!  Going forward, with this kind of story, we will look at a KitGuru Likely-o-meter rating for you guys – so you can understand how much credence you should give what we’re hearing. In this case, it is set to 90%.

Comment below or in the KitGuru forums.

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9 Comments
  • Jon Doe
    June 17, 2011
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    Your “insider” articles are as bad as Charlie’s. Evidently, a slow news day means you just make bogus stories up and hope for “shock traffic”. Congratulations, you’ve become the National Enquirer for the tech industry, albeit with even worse grammar and a scary lack of technical aptitude.

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  • k0rn
    June 17, 2011
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    Nothing wrong with Charlie, he is fun and his forums are entertaining. its easy to walk around the net slagging everyone off. hiding behind a ‘name’ ain’t it?

    This site is very technical, clearly you have never read the reviews. news and reviews are very different things, but hey guys like you come and go ;)

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  • iain
    June 17, 2011
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    A scary lack of technical aptitude? fuck, I wish I could understand half the reviews here. clearly im retarded.

    Jon Doe for president I say!

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  • Orion
    June 17, 2011
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    some of the news here is bollocks, but its fun. I also was here when Kitguru broke the insider story about the AMD CEO leaving, before anyone else ! sometimes its right.

    As someone else said, the reviews here are some of the best online, loads of ‘technical aptitude’ (pompous much?). ive learned alot, I just need to understand some of the PSU testing :(

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  • faith
    June 17, 2011
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    @ Mr Doe: Happy to keep the good folk of Texas entertained :-)

    On a more realistic note, the indicators are that this list WAS accurate and that someone on there DID receive some kind of offer – but have chosen a different path

    You can read a little more about the story on England’s Inquirer… http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2079655/-intel-apple-executives-amd-ceo-role

    Not sure about Mr Doe for president, but maybe he has aspirations on the AMD CEO role ?

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  • tudor
    June 17, 2011
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    will be cool if those companies will by Imagination Technologies (that produce graphic cards Power VR) just from under the nose of Intel and Apple… ;)

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  • Scion
    June 20, 2011
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    KitGuru articles tend to give me blurred vision these days…

    Its not good reading…

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  • faith
    June 20, 2011
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    @Scion: Well, we were quite sure on this one – but had not allowed for the ‘successful candidate’ turning the role down :(

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  • Arclight
    June 21, 2011
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    I never get passed the capycha, am i robot?

    Anyways it’s been interesting reading about all those people turning down the position as AMD CEO.

    About AMD merging with nvidia, if it ever happens, it will be the biggest blow to the consumer in years. Monopolly will be an understatement when describing the market if that deal ever goes down.

    Regarding the haters saying kitguru.net is a website run by amators they are gravely mistaken. I rarely get to see reviews so well written and document like i see on this website and i can’t praise enough the people that do all the testing.

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