AMD's Chief of Client Product Development Joins Recent Exodus from the Company

Chris Cloran, General Manager of Client Product Development, Leaves AMD

by Anton Shilov
09/18/2012 | 10:30 PM

Following recent resignations of top engineers and managers from Advanced Micro Devices, the world's second largest supplier of x86 microprocessors lost its general manager responsible for development of client products, which accounted for around 80% of sales of the chip designer.


Chris Cloran left AMD effective Monday to pursue other interests, according to a report in the WSJ. Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager of global business units, will serve as interim general manager of the client business while the company is looking forward for a new executive.

The step down of Chris Cloran from AMD is rather hard to overestimate, even though it may not be a major blow for the company. Mr. Cloran joined AMD as vice president of mobile division in November, 2003, and was responsible for all the progress that AMD has achieved on the highly-competitive market of microprocessors for notebooks, which means expanding market share from less than ~1% in 2003 to 17% - 18% in 2011.

Patrick Moorhead, a former AMD executive who now runs the research firm Moor Insights & Strategy, said businesses accounting for about 80% of AMD's revenue had reported to Mr. Cloran.