AMD has appointed Forrest Norrod as Senior Vice President and General Manager of AMD’s Enterprise, Embedded and Semi –Custom (EESC) business group. Forrest will directly report to President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su.
Forrest will be responsible for managing all aspects of strategy, business management, engineering and sales for AMD’s EESC business. He replaces Dr. Su who has held the position on an interim basis since July.
“Forrest is an industry veteran whose strong track record of establishing and growing businesses strengthens our leadership team,” said Dr. Su. “Forrest’s unique combination of engineering, business management and technical expertise at both the chip and system level make him ideally suited to lead AMD into an expanded set of markets where our differentiated technology assets provide a competitive advantage.”
Before joining AMD Forrest was the Vice President and General Manager of Dell’s server business, driving the business to market share leadership in several key geographies and markets. Prior to that role, he led the creation of Dell’s first internal startup focused on the hyper-scale datacenter market as the vice president and general manager, Data Center Solutions (DCS).
Forrest held several engineering leadership roles previously at Dell, starting as CTO of Client Products before leading Enterprise Engineering and ultimately having responsibility for all of Dell’s global engineering teams. Prior to Dell, he ran the integrated x86 CPU business at Cyrix and National Semiconductor.
He has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech. He holds 11 US patents in computer architecture, graphics and system design. He is based in Austin, Texas.