Global chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has appointed Indian-American, Mr Suresh Gopalakrishnan, as the head of its server businesses.

Its server business includes the company’s traditional Opteron server chip business as well as the microserver business AMD inherited when it bought SeaMicro in February.

Mr Gopalakrishnan, most recently V-P engineering at Extreme Networks, has also served as Vice-President of marketing and product management as well as General Manager of multiple business units.

He has led large product teams that have defined and delivered ethernet switching systems to enterprise, data centre and carrier markets.

He also has a strong semiconductor background in designing and leading teams that have delivered CPUs, workstation chipsets, digital signal processors, and networking ASICs.

Prior to Extreme Networks, Mr Gopalakrishnan held a variety of leadership positions at Riverstone Networks/Cabletron Systems, ZSP Corporation, Sun Microsystems and HP.

Mr Gopalakrishnan, 49, will be based in Sunnyvale, California, and report to Ms Lisa Su, Senior Vice-President and General Manager of AMD’s global business units.

“Under Suresh’s leadership, we will accelerate our disruptive server strategy by leveraging our broad IP portfolio to deliver superior products designed to offer the world’s best performance-per-dollar and power efficiency,” Ms Su said.

AMD is looking to regain momentum in the server space, which is dominated by rival Intel.

In 2011, Intel grew its dominant share of the server chip market to 94.5 per cent, while AMD saw its share drop 1.5 percentage points to 5.5 per cent, according to analysts with market research firm IDC.

(This article was published on June 22, 2012)
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