AMD, founded in 1969, develops computer processors and related technologies for business and consumer markets. The company trails behind rival Intel Corp. (INTC) in the market for x-86-based microprocessors, and competes against Nvidia Corp. (NVDA​) in the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) space. Shares have skyrocketed this year to record highs, as AMD’s most recent quarterly earnings report blew past the street’s estimates, driven by a surge in demand for graphic cards used by cryptocurrency​ miners.

Closing down on Monday, October 23 at $14.10 per share, AMD reflects an approximate 103.53% gain over the most recent 12-month period and a 25.72% return year-to-date (YTD). While investors remain bullish on AMD, carrying the chip maker’s valuation near all-time highs, some analysts are worried about the firm’s ability to turn a profit with low-end, low-margin products.

Many on the street have indicated that investors should place little value on AMD’s cryptocurrency business, suggesting that the $13.3 billion company has lost market share to rival Nvidia outside of this high growth market and that Ethereum mining is unprofitable. At the same time, Bitcoin briefly surged past $100 billion last week, a positive sign for AMD’s shareholders as the space continues to heat up.

The fourteen current directors and executive officers of Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) own a collective 15,897,493 shares, or about 1.6% of the company, as reported in February 2017. 

Below are AMD’s three largest individual shareholders, all currently serving in top decision making roles at the global corporation. (For more, see also: AMD Surges on Bitcoin-Fueled Earnings.)

Lisa T. Su

Dr. Lisa T Su. has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of AMD since August 2014 and October 2014 respectively. Su, with 5,451,946 shares of AMD, is the firm’s largest shareholder. Under her leadership, the chip maker’s stock has more than tripled. The electrical engineer and chip designer has helped AMD secure a comeback against Nvidia and Intel, making significant strides in the graphics and video game console chip markets and landing a major deal to license server chip designs in China. Su has also doubled down on more high-end chips, debuting the company’s newest line called “Zen” in order to increase its market reach.

Previously, she held positions as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Senior VP and General Manager of Global Business at AMD. Before that, Su served in various executive roles at Freescale Semiconductor Holdings Ltd. The CEO has co-authored over 40 technical publications and a book chapter on next-generation consumer electronics. Dr. Su received a B.S., M.S., and Doctorate Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Devinder Kumar

With 2,446,438 shares, Devinder Kumar is the second largest AMD shareholder. He is the Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and treasurer of AMD, and is responsible for the company’s global finance organization as well as global corporate services and facilities.

The long-time executive of the firm joined AMD in 1984 as a financial analyst, later serving 10 years in Asia as a financial controller for AMD Penang and group finance director for AMD’s Manufacturing Services Group across Singapore, Thailand, China and Malaysia. The tech executive who has served in various corporate roles and leadership positions at the semiconductor company earned a bachelor’s degree in ecology from the University of Malaya, Malaysia, a master’s degree in biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MBA in finance from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Mark D. Papermaster

Mark D. Papermaster is AMD’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Senior Vice President of Technology and Engineering. With 2,379,038 shares, Papermaster is the company’s third largest shareholder. He is responsible for corporate technical direction and production development, including system-on-chip (SOC) methodology, microprocessor design, I/O and memory and advanced research. The CTO also oversees Information Technology to deliver AMD’s compute infrastructure and services.

Papermaster brings to AMD over 35 years of engineering experience, including leadership positions with Cisco’s Silicon Engineering Group, Apple’s Devices Hardware Engineering, and IBM, where he oversaw development of key microprocessor and server technologies. The engineer received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree from the University of Vermont. (For more, see also: AMD's Largest Shareholder Sells 40 Million Shares.)

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