AMD has tapped Nigel Dessau to be its chief marketing officer, responsible for its image, which could use some burnishing.
Dessau, a Brit, was CMO of StorageTek before Sun bought it and stuck around as head of storage marketing, alliances and licensing.
He was a long-time IBMer who launched the zSeries eServer and oversaw marketing for the S/390. When he left Blue he was head of virtualization solutions.
At AMD he’ll work out of Austin, Texas and report to the Office of the CEO.
Dessau replaces Henri Richard, who in a surprise move up and left AMD last summer, days before the Barcelona launch. Richard had both sales and marketing, however.