Nvidia loses chief financial officer David White

Graphics chip giant Nvidia has announced the impending departure of its chief financial officer David White for personal reasons, with corporate controller Karen Burns to take over in the interim.

While the precise reasons for White's departure were not shared, the company's chief executive Jen-Hsun Huang thanked the outgoing CFO for 'his many contributions' to the semiconductor giant, which has enjoyed significant growth under his auspice - including a successful, and somewhat surprising, move into the CPU market with its Tegra ARM-based mobile platform.

"I'm grateful for the counsel and leadership [White] has provided," announced Huang. "I want to thank David for his many contributions to Nvidia." White will remain in place until the end of May, Huang confirmed.

White is to be temporarily replaced by current corporate controller Karen Burns, who has previously spent ten years in Nvidia's tax department and a further nine at accountancy firm KPMG.

"Karen is a broadly respected veteran of Nvidia and knows our business well," Huang said in the announcement. "Her experience, her understanding of our business and her leadership will be a tremendous asset to us during this transition."

White will likely preside over the impending launch of Nvidia's dual-GPU GeForce GTX 590 graphics board, but will leave before seeing the company's quad-core Tegra 3 mobile platform and desktop-oriented add-in ARM chip product - codenamed 'Project Denver' - reach fruition.