Lisa Su: President & CEO of Advanced Micro Devices

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Jan 25, 2021 5 min read
Lisa Su: President & CEO of Advanced Micro Devices

Lisa Su is an Electrical Engineer and an American business executive of Taiwan origin. She is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a multinational semiconductor company, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). As of January 2021, she has an estimated net worth of $95 million.

Lisa Su's interview as the President & CEO of AMD

She is also serving on the Boards of Directors of Analog Devices, Global Semiconductor Alliance, Cisco Systems Inc., and the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association. Prior to that, she worked at Texas Instruments, IBM, and Freescale Semiconductor in engineering and management positions.

Lisa Su- Biography

Name Lisa Tzwu-Fang Su
Born 7 November, 1969
Birthplace Tainan, Taiwan
Age 52 (2021)
Nationality Taiwan born- American
Education Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Profession Business Executive; Electrical Engineer
Famous for Semiconductor design, silicon-on-insulator design
Position President & CEO of Advanced Micro Devices
Net worth $95 million (January 2021)
Spouse Daniel Lin

Lisa Su- Personal Life
Lisa Su- Education
Lisa Su- specialization in semiconductors
Lisa Su- Professional Life
Lisa Su- Tenure at Advanced Micro Devices
Lisa Su- Honors & Awards


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Lisa Su- Personal Life

Lisa was born in Taiwan to Chun-Hwai Su and Sandy Su in 1969. The family then moved to the United States. She aspired to become an engineer from a young age, she loved to experiment with her brother's remote control car by fixing damaged parts.

Her father was a retired statistician, he used to quiz her on multiplication tables when she was 7. Her mother was an accountant and she later became an entrepreneur by introducing her own business.

Lisa Su- Education

Lisa completed her elementary education from Bronx High School of Science, New York City in 1986. She then studied Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She further completed her Master's degree from MIT in 1991. She completed her PhD in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1994.

Lisa Su- specialization in semiconductors

While pursuing her graduation, Lisa started working as an undergrad research assistant in "manufacturing test silicon wafers for graduate students" through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). The projects as well as various summer jobs at Analog Devices boosted her interest in semiconductors.

In her college, she used to spend most of her time in labs designing. MIT Technology Review asserted that as a doctoral candidate, Lisa was one of the first researchers to delve into silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology. This technology was then an unproven technique to increase the efficiency of transistor by building them on the layers of an insulating material.


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Lisa Su- Professional Life

After completing her education, Lisa started her professional career with Texas Instruments, where she worked as a member of technical staff. She joined the company in June 1994 and worked until February 1995.

She is highly known for silicon-on-insulator semiconductor manufacturing technologies, which is why she got the opportunity to serve as the Vice President of Semiconductor R&D, at IBM. She led R&D operations for IBM in semiconductor process development like, new technology and innovation from February 1995 to May 2007.

From June 2007, she started serving as the Senior Vice President & CTO at Freescale Semiconductor. With this position, she led global technology R&D for Freescale Semiconductor, which is a Motorola spinoff. She further became the General Manager for the networking and multimedia business at the company and served until December 2011.

As of 2016, she has authored forty technical articles and co-authored a book chapter focusing on next generation consumer electronics.

Lisa Su- Tenure at Advanced Micro Devices

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Lisa Su joined Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) in January 2012 as the Senior Vice President and General Manger of Global Business Units. With this position, she took charge for AMD's global business units including, client, server, embedded, graphics, and gaming business.

She was further appointed as the President & CEO of AMD in October 2014. Under the leadership of Lisa, the company displayed a growing transformation of strategy, market focus, and product execution. She believes in bringing great products and solutions to the market.


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Lisa Su- Honors & Awards

Lisa has been conferred with numerous awards and honors throughout her career. The list refers to the number of awards credited under her name.

  • 2019 Barron's World's Best CEOs of 2019
  • 2019 Fortune's Most Powerful women in Business
  • 2018 Forbes' America's Top 50 Women in Tech
  • 2018 Fortune's #6 Businessperson of the Year
  • 2018 Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award Global Semiconductor Alliance
  • 2018 Elected to National Academy of Engineering
  • 2018 Women of the Year from UPWARD
  • 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Asian Chamber of Commerce
  • 2017 Fortune's World's 50 Greatest Leaders
  • 2017 Top Ranked Semiconductor CEO, Institutional Investor
  • 2016 Pinnacle Award, Asian American Business Development Center
  • 2015,2016, 2017 Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology, National Diversity Council
  • 2015 Visionary of the Year, SFGate
  • 2014 ACE Executive of the Year by EE Times and EDN
  • 2009 IEEE Fellow
  • 2003 Outstanding Achievement in Business, YWCA
  • 2002 Top 100 Young Innovators, MIT TR
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