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Frank Azor may be leaving Alienware to join AMD as its first chief gaming officer

By Koh Wanzi - on 26 Jun 2019, 6:24pm

Frank Azor may be leaving Alienware to join AMD as its first chief gaming officer

Frank Azor is leaving Alienware, and his next destination may be AMD. Azor is the co-founder of Alienware and the current Vice President and General Manager of both Alienware and Dell's gaming and XPS divisions. His departure is a heavy-hitting one, but what may be more interesting is where he's rumored to be going next.

There's talk that Azor may be headed for AMD, where he will take on a role as its first chief gaming officer and report to Sandeep Chennakeshu, the recently appointed VP in charge of AMD's computing and graphics business group. 

Azor announced that he would be leaving in a message on the Alienware community board, where he said cryptically that he would be taking on a "new challenge". Azor so far hasn't confirmed that he will in fact be joining AMD, but if true, it would really be a huge win for the company.

AMD has gathered a lot of momentum on its side now with the announcement of its Ryzen 3000 series processors, and the company has said repeatedly that it is dead serious about the gaming market. Azor's hiring as chief gaming officer would make sense, especially given his reputation as a charismatic and influential player in the PC and gaming industries.

Last October, Azor also revealed that Dell's gaming business was worth a good US$3 billion, so he would really be leaving the company on a high note. 

3 July will be his last day at Dell, at which point we may get actual confirmation of his next role.