AMD Radeon boss Scott Herkelman is leaving the company. Herkelman has been the head of the AMD GPU business since 2016 but has announced he will depart AMD at the end of 2023.
Herkelman has been responsible for much of AMD’s growth in the gaming industry since he was appointed senior VP and general manager of the Graphics Business back in 2016. He oversaw the launch of three generations of Radeon products including RDNA 1 and the latest RDNA 3.
In a tweet, Herkelman wishes the best for AMD and hopes the company beats “the final boss”. Of course, this is referring to NVIDIA which has been the only direct competitor to AMD since the dawn of time.
Herkelman hasn’t shared what plans await him in the future. He didn’t reveal where he was going next or what role he was taking on. As a senior VP at AMD, he is likely earning quite a large paycheck so I doubt there’s any rush for him to find something new.
AMD has yet to announce who will replace Herkelman at the company. But we will likely hear more closer to the end of 2023.
After seven years at AMD and launching three increasingly competitive generations of RDNA graphics architectures, I have decided to leave AMD at the end of this year. Godspeed. I will miss every single one of you, fighting shoulder to shoulder in the trenches together, the excitement we shared during new product launches, and the joy of being in the arena for this wonderful, vibrant industry. May you continue to punch above your weight class and one day… beat the final boss.
Given Herkelman’s previous experience, it would make sense for him to remain in the industry to some degree. Perhaps Intel has headhunted him to work on the company’s Battlemage tech. Herkelman has worked at NVIDIA in the past so if he were to move to Intel, it would be just another checkmark under “GPU companies I’ve worked at”