SUNNYVALE, CA--January 25, 2000--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. "He has a track record of successful execution at one
of the world's premier technology companies. At Motorola he demonstrated
the ability to drive profitability while building a strong operation
capable of managing the accelerated pace of technological change. Process
technology is the core of our industry, and Hector's experience in ramping
state-of-the-art technologies into high-volume production should prove
particularly valuable in his new post at AMD. His appointment has strengthened
the top management team at AMD and should significantly enhance our
"I'm excited to join AMD," said Ruiz. "Every executive dreams of having
the opportunity to run a company, and joining AMD presents me with the
future prospect of leading one of the industry's great companies. AMD
has great products and world-class technology. The company is a recognized
leader in two of the industry's most exciting sectors, PC processors
and Flash memory. The award-winning AMD Athlon processor and the
company's industry-leading Flash memory products offer enormous opportunities
for growth," said Ruiz.
Ruiz has more than 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry.
He is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, where he earned
a bachelor's and a master's degree in electrical engineering. He also
holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Rice University.
Ruiz joined Motorola in 1977 and held a number of positions of increasing
responsibility during his 22-year tenure. While managing the Semiconductor
Products Sector, Ruiz successfully drove key technology transitions,
including Motorola's recent move from aluminum interconnect technology
to high-performance copper technology. Ruiz is widely credited with
transforming SPS into a market- and customer-focused organization. In
addition to his post as president of SPS, Ruiz also held the post of
executive vice president of Motorola Corporation.
Ruiz is married and has three children. In 1999 he was named "Hispanic
Engineer of the Year" by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement
AMD will hold a teleconference for the media and financial
community at 2:30 PM Pacific Standard Time today. AMD will provide a
real-time audio broadcast of the teleconference on the Investor
Relations page of its web site. The webcast will be available until
Friday January 28, 2000.
AMD will also provide a telephone recording of the teleconference,
which will be available at approximately 4:00 PM PST today. Interested
persons may listen to the playback of the teleconference by calling
the following toll-free number: 1-800-633-8284 and entering the code