Senior Vice President and General Manager
Datacenter and Embedded Solutions Business Group
Forrest Norrod is our senior vice president and general manager of the Datacenter and Embedded Solutions Business Group. In this role, he is responsible for managing all aspects of strategy, business management, engineering and sales for AMD datacenter and embedded products. Norrod has more than 25 years of technology industry experience across a number of engineering and business management roles at both the chip and system level.
Norrod most recently was vice president and general manager of Dell’s server business from December 2009 to October 2014, driving the business to market share leadership in several key geographies and markets while delivering consistent revenue and profitability growth. In his role as vice president and general manager of Dell’s Data Center Solutions, Norrod successfully led the creation of the company’s first internal startup, which established Dell’s leadership presence in the hyper-scale datacenter market. He joined Dell as CTO of Client Products in August 2000, then led the company’s Enterprise Engineering before ultimately having responsibility for all of Dell’s global engineering teams.
Prior to Dell, Norrod worked at Cyrix Corp from 1993 to 1997 and National Semiconductor from 1997 to 2000 leading the integrated x86 CPU businesses.
Norrod holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and holds 11 US patents in computer architecture, graphics and system design. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Intersil Corporation.