AMD COO Bob Rivet Steps Down

Bob Rivet, AMD's chief operating officer, is leaving the company one month after CEO Dirk Meyer stepped down from his post.

AMD said that Rivet was no longer be company COO as of Tuesday, but will stay for a brief transitional period. AMD failed to give any concrete reason behind his departure, other than saying that Rivet had left to "pursue new opportunities".

The company also announced that Marty Seyer, senior VP of corporate strategy, was leaving for similar reasons.

The chain of departures comes after CEO Meyer resigned from his post after a dispute with the company's board over AMD's strategy towards emerging markets beyond PCs, such as smartphone and tablet computers.

Shane Rau, an analyst for IDC, said in a statement to Information Week: “The restructuring actions, like spinning out GlobalFoundries, reorganising operations, and shedding the mobile phone media co-processor and DTV SoC businesses that enabled AMD's focus on PC products today, leaves the company without an answer for emerging opportunities.”