AMD CEO Lisa Su today confirmed Frank Azor's move and welcomed him on his first official day at work:
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/kykLFQ7aTu
— Lisa Su (@LisaSu) July 15, 2019
Our original story is posted below:
One of the legends in the gaming hardware community is leaving his current post and is taking up a new position at AMD. That person is none other than Frank Azor, who was one of the co-founders of Alienware and most recently served as Vice President and General Manager for Dell's XPS, G Series and Alienware gaming brands. Given that gaming is in his blood, it should come as no surprise that Azor will take on the title of Chief Gaming Officer at AMD. In his new position, he will be reporting to Sandeep Chennakeshu, who serves as AMD's Executive Vice President of Computing and Graphics.
While Azor has only been with Dell for the past 13 years, the company he helped form has been around for 25 years. After joining Dell in 2006, the Alienware family now encompasses three distinct gaming PC families: Alienware, the G-Series and XPS. Together, all three lines generate over $3 billion in yearly revenue for Dell. Needless to say, he brings a wealth of knowledge concerning the gaming industry, along with having read on the enthusiast community, which makes him a perfect fit for AMD.
Azor posted a message on the Alienware website announcing his departure and talked about the long and fruitful road that has gotten him up to this point. "A little over 21 years ago, I met a couple of lunatics who had an idea they called Alienware. When I met them and learned about the company they were trying to build, I thought to myself, 'This would be the coolest job ever.'
"I was right, but none of us ever dreamed the brand would come this far – which is a result of all of you, your hard work and passion."
July 3rd will be Azor's last day at Dell, after which he will be reporting for duty at AMD. Although we don't know what all of his responsibilities will be with the title Chief Gaming Officer, it's likely that he will be involved in a number of projects.
AMD's Ryzen family of processors are already a known quantity and highly respected force in the enthusiast community, and the soon-to-launch Ryzen 3000 desktop family capped off by the 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X will only strengthen its position. In addition, AMD will simultaneously launch the Radeon RX 5700 family which will be doing battle with NVIDIA's mainstream Turing-based GeForce RTX cards. Finally, AMD is the dominant force in providing CPU/GPU platforms for the top gaming consoles on the market, and will power both the PlayStation 5 and Microsoft's Xbox Project Scarlett.
We’ve reached out to Frank for some added clarity and confirmation on the news, but he is not offering up any additional details other than his post on the Alienware site.