AMD appoints two new heads of its Radeon Technologies Group
Mike Rayfield is senior VP and general manager, while David Wang as senior VP of engineering
Raja Koduri's departure from AMD was one of the most surprising stories of 2017, but largely because he left AMD for rival Intel. Now, AMD has appointed Mike Rayfield as the senior vice president and general manager, and David Wang as senior vice president of engineering to run the Radeon Technologies Group (RTG).
Earlier this year, Intel and AMD announced that AMD's Radeon Graphics were worming their way into Intel's eighth-generation H-Series processors.
Dr. Lisa Su, CEO at AMD took the RTG helm after Koduri's departure, but the company announced that it was actively seeking to fill Koduri's role.
Now, AMD has selected two industry veterans to lead RTG. AMD has also folded its semi-custom business unit into RTG because of its heavy reliance upon graphics IP. An AMD spokesperson said in a statement that the RTG restructuring means the new executives are not a one-to-one replacement for Koduri.
Rayfield will be responsible for strategy and business management for consumer and professional graphics. He will also serve in the same role for the semi-custom business. is now the senior vice president and general manager, and David Wang is now the senior vice president of engineering. The two executives will report directly to Su, who will no longer handle the day-to-day business of RTG.
Wang most recently hails from Synaptics, where he was senior vice president of Systems Silicon Engineering. Wang also previously served as corporate vice president at AMD, where he was responsible for SoC development for AMD's processors, including GPUs, CPUs, and APUs.
"Mike and David are industry leaders who bring proven track records of delivering profitable business growth and leadership product roadmaps," said Su. "We enter 2018 with incredible momentum for our graphics business based on the full set of GPU products we introduced last year for the consumer, professional, and machine learning markets. Under Mike and David's leadership, I am confident we will continue to grow the footprint of Radeon across the gaming, immersive, and GPU compute markets."