Manju Hegde, Managing Director
Manju Hegde is corporate vice president, AMD Global Business Unit, with responsibility for leading the development of the software ecosystem around AMD products. As head of AMD’s Content, Applications and Solutions team, Manju is responsible for driving and executing AMD’s ecosystem, strategy across the technology, marketing and business functions as well as directing AMD strategy and collaboration in engaging the computing ecosystem to shape the next generation of devices, environment, tools and application experiences made possible by the AMD‘s product roadmap.
Before joining AMD, Manju was vice president of CUDA technical marketing at NVIDIA, where he focused on training and enabling researchers and developers to leverage the parallel architecture and performance of the GPU for general purpose applications.
Prior to joining NVIDIA in 2008, Manju was co-founder and CEO of AGEIA Technologies (acquired by NVIDIA in 2008) since 2002, when he began his mission to minimize the challenge of physics in game development. From 1999 to 2001, Manju was co-founder and CTO of Celox Networks, which developed the industry’s leading edge router able to deliver high bandwidth applications with QoS. Manju was also a professor of electrical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis and at Louisiana State University.
Manju earned his Bachelors of Electrical Engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and his Ph. D in Computer Information and Control Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also has his master’s degree in management from the University of Bombay.
Keith Witek, Managing Director
Keith Witek is corporate vice president for Corporate Development within the Office of Strategy at AMD. Prior to his position within the Office of Strategy, Keith was the Chief of Staff for AMD’s President and COO, and prior to that he was a Director of Strategy and Corporate Development at AMD, and a Director in AMD’s legal department serving the CTO’s Office, Innovative Systems Group, Embedded Computing Systems Division, Commercial Group, Consumer Group, Corporate Business Development, and Strategic Software Alliances.
Prior to joining AMD, Keith was co-managing attorney for the Technology Transactions Group of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati (WSGR) located in Austin, Texas. Prior to working for WSGR, he was counsel for various divisions of Motorola Inc. and counsel for Metrowerks. Keith’s practice has included business development, strategy, general contracts, technology transactions, client counseling, M&A, patent cross-licensing, patent prosecution, opinion drafting, and litigation support.
Keith has been an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law where he has taught IP and technology licensing, and has taught paralegal course work at ACC. He also has published several papers and spoken on various IP, business development, and contract related topics around the world. Keith is co-author of an Internet and IP Law Treatise published by West Publishing in which he wrote several chapters on IP creation, IP management, IP licensing, and technology transactions.
Keith is an inventor on over 30 issued US patents. He holds a BS in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas - Austin.
Mike Woollems, Financial Officer
Mike Woollems is corporate vice president of tax at AMD. Mike joined AMD in 1982 and has oversight of AMD’s worldwide tax activities, including tax strategies, risk management and legal entity structuring. Prior to joining AMD he worked at National Semiconductor and Del Monte corporations primarily in the tax field. Mike has participated in and supported all of AMD’s M&A activities since joining the company and has helped direct several divestiture initiatives. Mike is Vice Chairman of the AMD Foundation and a member of AMD’s Administrative Committee with oversight of the company’s benefit plans. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wichita State University, and his MBA in taxation from Golden Gate University.
Paul Gu, Principle
Paul Gu joined AMD Ventures in 2014. He is responsible for deal sourcing and execution, business development and post-investment collaboration. Prior to joining AMD Ventures, Paul was a business development professional at Hightail, a cloud collaboration software provider. Earlier in his career, he was an investment professional at Symphony Technology Group, a software-focused private equity firm. Before that, he worked in the Technology/Media/Telecom investment banking group at J.P. Morgan. Paul received his B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College.
Krunal Patel, Performance Application Engineering
Krunal Patel is a member of technical staff in the Performance Application Engineering team, focusing on AMD Ventures partner companies. He’s responsible for technical due diligence, evangelizing AMD software and hardware solutions and interacting with AMD cross-functional teams to ensure the best performance on AMD platforms. He’s been awarded a couple of AMD Executive Spotlight Awards for his willingness to drive engagements to success. Prior to joining AMD, Krunal worked as an algorithm engineer at AccelerEyes, focusing on GPU compute and business expansion. Krunal holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of Waterloo, and a master’s degree in liberal arts in extension studies and software engineering from Harvard University.