AMD CEO Hector Ruiz named 2007 UA Technology Executive of the Year
Ruiz and four others to be honored at The University of Arizona’s annual engineering and business awards luncheon
TUCSON, Ariz. – OCTOBER 8, 2007 – Hector Ruiz has a vision ― half of the world’s population will have access to Internet connectivity by the year 2015. As the CEO of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD), Ruiz attends to the bottom line, but he also believes that “in today’s world, business leaders must have a passion for something that is meaningful.” For him, that means an initiative called 50x15.
Ruiz will speak on this and other topics at The University of Arizona’s annual Technology and Management Awards Luncheon (TAMAL), on Friday, October 12, at The Phoenician resort in Scottsdale. The University will honor Ruiz as its 2007 Technology Executive of the Year for his leadership and vision at the intersection of technology and business. In addition, four UA alumni will be honored by the College of Engineering and the Eller College of Management for their distinguished service and lifetime achievement.
“Technology for technology's sake is not the way we do business at AMD,” said Ruiz. “Technology is only helpful if it’s useful, affordable, and accessible. The 50x15 initiative might be lofty, but we now have a stake in the years ahead that is bold enough and courageous enough to force us to think creatively.” Ruiz’s insatiable curiosity and tenacity were sparked at an early age. Inspired by the words of his father to make a contribution every day, and technology in the form of a 1940s Victrola, his life story is one of striving to ensure that the next generation is better than the last one. His vehicle to achieve that goal is technology.
Ruiz joined AMD in January 2000 as president and chief operating officer, was named chief executive officer in 2002, and was appointed chairman of the board in April 2004. He previously served as president of Motorola’s Semiconductor Products Sector, and in his 22-year career with the firm he held a variety of executive positions in the U.S. and overseas. Early in his career, he worked at Texas Instruments in the company’s research laboratories and manufacturing operations. Born in Piedras Negras, Mexico, Dr. Ruiz earned bachelors and masters degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and his doctorate from Rice University.
“As a public research and land-grant institution, The University of Arizona has a responsibility to foster economic growth in our city, in our region, and through the state of Arizona,” said UA president Robert N. Shelton. “Each year at this luncheon we reaffirm our commitment to innovation and the importance of technology management to the Arizona economy by recognizing alumni and leaders who help us achieve our mission.”
2007 Technology and Management honorees for service and lifetime achievement include: Gregory H. Boyce, president and CEO of Peabody Energy; John Buttery, entrepreneur and founder of BLR Data; Don Dillon, founder of CMX; and Christopher McGuire, vice president and director of H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation of Palm Desert, Calif.
The awards will be presented by Robert Shelton, president of The University of Arizona; Paul Portney, dean of the Eller College of Management; and Thomas Peterson, dean of the College of Engineering.
Lifetime Achievement Award, College of Engineering — Don Dillon
Don Dillon is the founder of CMX, an Arizona firm specializing in water and wastewater infrastructure design, planned community infrastructure development, public facilities including libraries, police and fire stations, educational campuses and buildings, as well commercial buildings. Over the past two decades, CMX has developed strong ties and carved out a leading position in Phoenix and throughout the Southwest United States. Dillon earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from The University of Arizona and an MBA from California State University, Fullerton.
Lifetime Achievement Award, Eller College of Management — Christopher McGuire
Chris McGuire is vice president and director of the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation of Palm Desert, California. After completing his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at The University of Arizona, he served in the U.S. Navy, earned a master’s degree from USC, and then fast tracked to a leadership role in the health care industry in California. Eventually McGuire bought, grew, and sold two glass and mirror companies in California.
Under McGuire's leadership, the Berger Foundation has a long history with The University of Arizona and particularly with the Eller College of Management, having given well in excess of $10M over the last 15 years, and affecting the educational experience of thousands of students. The Chris and Carol McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship in the Eller College is named for McGuire and his wife.
Distinguished Service Award, College of Engineering — Gregory H. Boyce
Gregory H. Boyce is president and CEO of Peabody Energy. Joining Peabody in October 2003 as president and chief operating officer, he was elected to the Board of Directors in March 2005 and chairs the executive committee. Under Boyce’s leadership, Peabody has achieved record safety, productivity, production, and financial results.
Boyce holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering from The University of Arizona, and the Advanced Management Program Degree from the Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business.
Distinguished Service Award, Eller College of Management — John Buttery
John Buttery earned his bachelor’s degree in finance in 1987 and his MBA in 1989 from the Eller College of Management at The University of Arizona. He is also a graduate of the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship and now has over 15 years of business experience.
He founded BLR Data in Tucson after working for three years for The Fontana Group, a consulting firm specializing in automotive franchise litigation. BLR Data was formed to provide enhanced geographic data products based on the 1990 U.S. Census Bureau’s TIGER file. It quickly became an important source of information for businesses and governments across the country. In 1998, BLR Data acquired Wessex, Inc. located in Chicago. Within months, the combined entity was acquired by Geographic Data Technologies.
Buttery has served several years as a final judge for the CB Richard Ellis/McGuire Entrepreneurship Business Plans Competition. He currently provides consulting services to technology companies and resides in Seattle.
The annual Technology and Management Awards Luncheon recognizes the competitive advantage resulting from collaboration between engineering and business.
The event honors individuals who have made significant contributions in business and technology. TAMAL also creates awareness in the business community of the collaborative courses and student-focused programs being pursued by the engineering and business colleges at UA. These efforts focus on rapidly moving knowledge and ideas from the university to the marketplace.
Past Technology & Management Executives of the Year
The first TAMAL awards were presented in 1999. Past winners of the Technology Executive of the Year Award include:
- 1999 — Craig Barrett, president and CEO, Intel Corp.
- 2000 — Michael R. Bonsignore, chairman and CEO, Honeywell International.
- 2001 — Tom Brown, founder and chairman emeritus, Burr-Brown Corp.
- 2002 — Louise Francesconi, president of Raytheon Missile Systems and vice president of Raytheon Co.
- 2003 — Nicholas M. Donofrio, senior vice president for technology and manufacturing, IBM Corp.
- 2004 — Vance D. Coffman, CEO and chairman of the board, Lockheed Martin Corp.
- 2005 — J. Steven Whisler, chairman and CEO, Phelps Dodge Corp.
- 2006 —Donald L. Paul, Chief Technical Officer, Chevron Corp.
The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program #11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #48 in the U.S. The College is among the leaders of business schools generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the 25th ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 750 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and a satellite campus in Phoenix.
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management
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