Ajay, born in 1961, grew
up in Bombay, India. He received his Bachelor’s degree
in Production Engineering from Victoria Jubilee Tech Institute,
one of the oldest and prestigious engineering colleges in
India. In 1983 he graduated from with a Masters degree in
Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University.
In April 1984, Ajay joined Advanced Micro
Devices in Sunnyvale, CA as an Industrial Engineer in their
facilities department. In 1986, Ajay moved to AMD’s
bipolar memories group in the Processing Engineering department
and in 1988 was promoted to Engineering Supervisor for worldwide
manufacturing operations. Ajay and his engineering team
were responsible for the entire product and process transfer
of Singapore and Bangkok, Thailand. In 1996, Ajay moved
back to Bangkok, Thailand as Director of Operations and
was responsible for the entire operation which was producing
Non-Volatile Flash memory products and some Programmable
In 1997, Ajay was promoted to Director
of Global Logistics for all of AMD and then in 1999, he
was made Vice President of Operations and Global Supply
Management. In this position, Ajay led 2 of AMD’s
biggest manufacturing operations, one in Penang, Malaysia
and the second one in Singapore. AMD was first to produce
the 1 GHz processor and Ajay and his entire team of 3,000
were responsible to produce this chip and bring it to the
hands of the customers. As the Chief Procurement Officer
of the company, Ajay oversaw an annual budget of $3 billion
in the form of direct and indirect material used by AMD
to make 30 million processors and approximately 300 million
memory chips every year.
In 2002, Ajay became the Chief Information
Officer and led the group to form a collaborative partnership
with an IT services provider, to lower the total cost of
IT deployment across the company and to leverage this technology
to its competitive advantage.
Ajay and his family relocated to Bangalore,
India in 2004 to set up a sales/marketing/business development
organization and establish a silicon design and software
development group in India. The AMD India team under Ajay’s
leadership posted over 100 percent growth for AMD in India,
growing 3 times that of the market, 3 years in a row.
Ajay was honored in 2006 for the second
consecutive time, as one of the top 25 executives in India
by the CRN magazine. In April 2006, Ajay completed his 22nd
year with AMD.
AMD today is a $6 billion, 15,000 people
strong, Fortune 500 company, producing and selling over
60 million microprocessors every year.
After an illustrious well rounded career
of nearly 23 years with AMD, Ajay has decided to move on
to another super exciting opportunity as Chief Operating
Officer of SemIndia.