Hector Ruiz, voormalig president van Motorola's halfgeleider divisie, is overgewandeld naar AMD. Aldaar zal hij de functie van COO (Chief Operating Office) gaan bekleden (thanks Arjan voor de tip):
AMD today announced the appointment of former Motorola executive Hector de J. Ruiz, Ph.D., 54, as president and chief operating officer. Ruiz will report to AMD Chairman and Chief Executive Officer W.J. Sanders III, who has been serving as acting president and chief operating officer since July of 1999. Ruiz will also join the board of directors of AMD.
Immediately prior to joining AMD, Ruiz served as president of Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector (SPS). In this post, Ruiz was responsible for leading Motorola's worldwide semiconductor operations, a $7.3 billion a year business with 33,000 employees.
"Hector Ruiz is one of the real stars of the semiconductor industry," said Sanders... blablabla. [break] EBN Online en EETimes hebben meer info over de move van Ruiz: [/break] In a hastily called news conference, Sanders said he and Ruiz will work together over the next two years. "Hector and I will run the business collegially ... as a team. In some cases, my skills will mean that I will make the final call. In some cases, Hector's skill set will mean that he will make the final call," Sanders added.
"If all goes well, Hector would be my successor," he said, adding that the pair's job now is to "take AMD to the next level, with more consistent performance."
[...] But not all reviews of Ruiz have been positive. Three reorganizations over three years have frustrated some Motorolans, prompting many in the executive ranks to leave the company. And while AMD has largely conquered its manufacturing problems with the Athlon processor, Motorola has stumbled in manufacturing the fastest speed grades of the G4 Altivec RISC processor, angering Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs.
However, Strauss questioned whether the strong-willed Sanders and Ruiz will complement each other. AMD's need is for a strong operating officer. Ruiz's strengths have been as a strategic thinker rather than in running Motorola's day-to-day operations.