Former Nokia, 3Com Exec Tang To Head AMD's China Operations

AMD on Monday said former Nokia and 3Com executive David Tang will join the company's senior executive team as president of AMD's Greater China business unit.

Tang, who will join AMD on Feb. 1, will be responsible for the entirety of AMD's corporate strategy for the Greater China region and will report directly to AMD president and chief executive officer Dirk Meyer.

’Greater China is one of the world’s most important technology markets and we are committed to continuing to strengthen and align our business with the growth in the region,’ Meyer said in a statement. ’David’s two decades of experience working in China has equipped him with the ideal combination of engineering, sales, marketing and operations skills needed to lead the next phase of growth for AMD in China.’

Tang will be based in AMD’s Beijing office, and he'll replace Karen Guo, an eight-year AMD veteran who will be leaving at the end of the year to pursue other opportunities, an AMD spokesperson said in an e-mail to CRN.

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"When Karen joined AMD in 2002, her role was to build AMD’s business in the Greater China region," the spokesperson said. "Her leadership has been instrumental in establishing AMD as a world-class technology partner and leader in Greater China. During her tenure, AMD has established successful relationships with many leading Chinese OEMs and government entities."

Tang said in a statement on Monday that the relationships he's built in China, including government connections, will help AMD build its regional business.

’With differentiated products, a compelling roadmap and world class customers, it is a great time to join AMD,’ Tang said in the statement. ’I look forward to leveraging my technology industry expertise and relationships with key partners and government entities in China to build on AMD’s strong engineering execution, sales and global operations in Greater China.’

Tang resigned last week from his position as deputy chairman for Nokia China and chairman for Nokia Telecommunications Ltd. with responsibility for government relations, corporate development and overall business strategy.