Why AMD Shares Plunged

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What: Shares of Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD  ) have plunged today by as much as 10% after CFO Thomas Seifert abruptly resigned.

So what: Seifert also served as AMD's interim CEO last year, after the board gave ex-CEO Dirk Meyer the boot for lacking a mobile strategy. Eventually, Rory Read was named CEO. AMD pointed out that Seifert's resignation wasn't based on any issues with the company's financials.

Now what: In addition, another executive, Chris Cloran, general manager of client products, is calling it quits. The move calls into question AMD's turnaround, as the company has been flailing for quite some time. Seifert will stay on until the end of the month to help with transitioning to a new CFO. For a more detailed breakdown of events, don't miss fellow Fool Anders Bylund's take.

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  • Report this Comment On September 19, 2012, at 8:29 AM, rav55 wrote:

    Seifert is Chief Bean-Counter. He is not design talent.

    AMD is now Rory read's company and he is putting his stamp on the staff. He wants his won people. If a new CFO is coming in a month then this was a planned transition.

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