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Hector Ruiz

Former CEO & Executive Chairman, AMD

Dr. Hector Ruiz is the former CEO and chairman of Advanced Micro Devices, with nearly 40 years experience in the information technology and consumer electronics sectors as an engineer, corporate strategist and chief executive. Before AMD, he spent 22 years at Motorola, rising to the position of president of the company's Semiconductor Products Sector, and six years at Texas Instruments. A native of Piedras Negras in Mexico, Ruiz, as a teenager, walked across the U.S.-Mexico border every day to attend high school in Eagle Pass, Texas, where he graduated valedictorian just three years after learning English. More than a decade later, he had obtained a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Rice University.