What you need to know
- Frank Azor has joined AMD as its Chief Gaming Architect.
- Azor held several executive roles at Alienware and Dell in the past.
- Azor has an impressive resume, including running Dell XPS, Dell G-series, and Alienware.
Frank Azor has joined AMD as its Corporate VP, Chief Architect Gaming Solutions. Azor previously held executive positions at Dell and Alienware, including creating the Alienware Product Group before Alienware was purchased by Dell.
A report by Forbes sheds more light on Azor's future role within AMD, stating that his "overall task is to build and expand AMD's cross-platform (PC-console-cloud) presence across semi-custom, Ryzen CPU, Radeon and Instinct GPU and software products."
Extremely happy to welcome @AzorFrank on his very first day @AMD. Frank is a powerhouse in the industry and we are thrilled to have him as our new chief architect of gaming solutions. Welcome Frank!! pic.twitter.com/kykLFQ7aTuExtremely happy to welcome @AzorFrank on his very first day @AMD. Frank is a powerhouse in the industry and we are thrilled to have him as our new chief architect of gaming solutions. Welcome Frank!! pic.twitter.com/kykLFQ7aTu— Lisa Su (@LisaSu) July 15, 2019July 15, 2019
Lisa Su, President and CEO of AMD, reached out on Twitter to congratulate Azor.
Azor's resume is long and impressive. He held senior executive positions at Alienware back when it was pushing the boundaries of gaming in the early 2000s. He created the Alienware Product Group in 2003, which created powerful gaming laptops at a time where that wasn't the norm. Following the acquisition of Alienware by Dell, Azor had several executive roles at Dell. These included running Alienware, Dell XPS, and Dell G-series. Azor worked at Dell and Alienware for a combined 21 years.
Azor pioneered the gaming space in his time with Alienware and his influence on the gaming laptop industry is massive. His addition to AMD is a big hire for the company as they continue to grow within the PC space.
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Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad ($30 at Dell)
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