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AMD appoints Senior VP and CTO

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Mark Papermaster has been appointed AMD Senior VP and Chief Technology Officer (CTO).  He will report to Rory Read, President and Chief Executive Officer and will oversee the entire AMD engineering, research and development (R&D), and product development functions as the head of the newly-formed Technology and Engineering Group.

Mark Papermaster has been appointed as AMD Senior VP and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) (image source: AMD)

Papermaster, who was most recently VP of Silicon Engineering at Cisco, will be responsible for establishing and executing the company’s technology and product roadmaps, integrated hardware and software development, and overseeing the creation of all of AMD’s products.


Chekib Akrout, Senior VP for Research and Development and the entire engineering team based in AMD products Group will report to Papermaster.

Akrout, will maintain responsibility for leading AMD’s processor core development as well as system-on-a-chip (SoC) design methodology.  In recognition of his ongoing technical and management contributions, Akrout will continue serving on AMD’s senior leadership team responsible for key decision making and strategy setting.

“Mark’s appointment significantly strengthens AMD’s senior leadership,” said Read.

“Mark has held substantial engineering roles for three of the technology industry’s most innovative companies.  He is a proven winner who knows the industry, knows our customers and flat out knows technology,” said Read.

“The newly-created technology and engineering group aligns all of AMD’s outstanding technical talent into a centralized team which will improve our time-to-market and help lift our execution across the board.  Most importantly, this new organization accelerates our ability to consistently deliver on our customer commitments and help our customers win,” said Read.

At Cisco, Papermaster was responsible for the silicon strategy, architecture, and development for the company’s switching and routing businesses.  Prior to Cisco, Papermaster served as Apple’s senior vice president of Devices Hardware Engineering responsible for the iPod and iPhone hardware development. He has also held a number of senior leadership roles at IBM, serving on the company’s Technical Leadership Team and overseeing development of key microprocessors and blade server technologies.

Papermaster has a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas and a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Vermont. He is a member of the University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering Advisory Board and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation IT Advisory Committee.

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