Former Intel Engineer, McKinsey Partner Rajan Naik Joins AMD

Chip maker AMD this morning announced that it has recruited Rajan Naik to become part of its management team.

Formerly a senior engineer at the company’s main rival, Intel, Naik was most recently a partner in McKinsey & Company‘s Technology practice, where he worked for the past 11 years.

Naik, 40, will become senior vice president and chief strategy officer of AMD, where he will be responsible for helping out with strategy development, partnerships, M&A and investment decisions. He’ll report directly to AMD president and CEO Rory Read.

Naik has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Cornell University and a PhD in engineering from MIT.

His hiring follows that of AMD’s appointment of Mark Papermaster as senior vice president and CTO.