AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today sadly announces the passing of one of the company's early employees, Ben Anixter. Anixter joined AMD in 1971 and helped to shape the culture of the company while serving in numerous capacities during his long tenure. Among many contributions, he was a leader in industry affairs and played a key role working with the Semiconductor Industry Association. Those efforts helped open the Japan semiconductor market and the elimination of tariffs and other trade barriers on electronic products, ultimately helping to drive the incredible expansion of global markets for information technology products.
Anixter first joined AMD as the company's Director of Marketing for Digital Products. In the 1980s his functions were expanded to all product-support activities, including public relations and advertising. He was additionally assigned government-relations activities that included working with the Semiconductor Industry Association in its lobbying efforts in Washington. He was also put in charge of the company's charitable-giving program, community affairs and investor relations, and last held the positon of Vice President for External Affairs. Anixter spent more than 30 years at AMD, and he was employee number 260.
"We are saddened to learn about Ben's passing," said Ruth Cotter, AMD's chief human resources officer and senior vice president of corporate communications and investor relations. "Ben had a positive impact on shaping AMD into the company it is today, and we will continue to honor him in the great work that our employees do every day. We extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to Ben's family, friends and colleagues."
Read Ben Anixter's full obituary here, which includes details on services.
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