14 December 2017
Raja Koduri, the boss of Radeon Technologies Group, has stepped down from AMD. This is definitely a shock on the one the hand, but something which many anticipated would happen, especially after he decided to take time off from his job. He is popularly known for his contribution and innovation of the GCN architecture, which drives so many AMD graphics cards. His news of resignation from AMD comes as a memo was he had written to the company.
It seems like his decision is based on a personal as well as a professional choice. In the memo, he expresses his gratitude to the AMD family who helped him grow in his career and as a person. He also wishes the company the best in all their future ventures. His resignation leaves us with numerous questions which at the moment cannot be answered. So, who will replace him? Sources claim that the CEO of AMD, Lisa Su will oversee RTG but will be looking for a successor to Raja Koduri.
Rumour has it that he may have his sights set on Intel or even Apple. This is probable, considering his repository of knowledge, experience in the field of technology. This is definitely an extremely crucial time for AMD, as it could either make or break them! The memo, which he wrote to AMD, reads as follows:
To my AMD family,
Forty is a significant number in history. It is a number representing transition, testing and change. I have just spent forty days away from the office going through such a transition. It was an important time with my family, and it also offered me a rare space for reflection. During this time I have come to the extremely difficult conclusion that it is time for me to leave RTG and AMD.
I have no question in my mind that RTG, and AMD, are marching firmly in the right direction as high-performance computing becomes ever-more-important in every aspect of our lives. I believe wholeheartedly in what we are doing with Vega, Navi and beyond, and I am incredibly proud of how far we have come and where we are going. The whole industry has stood up and taken notice of what we are doing. As I think about how computing will evolve, I feel more and more that I want to pursue my passion beyond hardware and explore driving broader solutions.
I want to thank Lisa and the AET for enabling me to pursue my passion during the last four years at AMD, and especially the last two years with RTG. Lisa has my utmost respect for exhibiting the courage to enable me with RTG, for believing in me and for going out of her way to support me. I would also like to call out Mark Papermaster who brought me into AMD, for his huge passion for technology and for his relentless support through many difficult phases. And of course, I want to thank each and every one of my direct staff and my indirect staff who have worked so hard with me to build what we have now got. I am very proud of the strong leaders we have and I'm fully confident that they can execute on the compelling roadmap ahead.
I will continue to be an ardent fan and user of AMD technologies for both personal and professional use.
As I mentioned, leaving AMD and RTG has been an extremely difficult decision for me. But I felt it is the right one for me personally at this point. Time will tell. I will be following with great interest the progress you will make over the next several years.
On a final note, I have asked a lot of you in the last two years. You've always delivered. You've made me successful both personally and professionally, for which I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I have these final requests from you as I leave:
Stay focused on the roadmap!
. Deliver on your commitments!
. Continue the culture of Passion, Persistence and Play!
. Make AMD proud!
. Make me proud!