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Dr. Hector Ruiz: Technology, Leadership, and the Courage of Conviction

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As an immigrant from humble beginnings, Dr. Hector Ruiz believes that technology and education open doors for people. Rising to lead Advanced Micro Devices in the fight for innovation against the forces of status quo, Hector shares his life story the people who impacted his life immeasurably, his education, the doors of opportunity, and the challenges faced throughout his career. Hector discusses our shared responsibility for the future and helping open doors for new generations.

Hector Ruiz Biography:

Dr. Hector Ruiz, an accomplished chief executive and technology luminary, is driven by the idea that technology and education dramatically improve people's lives. For nearly three decades, Hector has helped build and guide top-tier global technology companies (including Texas Instruments, Motorola, and AMD) while also promoting exploration of technology's ability to address social issues.

As CEO of AMD, Hector spearheaded the 50/15 initiative setting an aggressive goal to have half the world connected to the Internet by 2015. He also received numerous accolades, including: the Semico Bellwether Award (2009); Executive of the Year - 2005 (EE Times); CEO of the Year – 2005 (Electronic Business); and Top 25 Business Leader - 2006 (FORTUNE Magazine). In 2013, Hector successfully published the book, “Slingshot: AMD’s Fight to Free an Industry from the Ruthless Grip of Intel,” a book that vividly recounts his bet-the-company decision in 2005 to file an antitrust case against its much larger rival.

Hector currently serves on UT's College of Engineering Foundation Advisory Council. In 2006, he was selected as a Distinguished Engineering Graduate of UT-Austin and later as Distinguished Alum of Rice University. In 2012, he was selected for the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Texas Exes' highest honor. Hector currently serves as a Trustee Emeriti of Rice University and is on the Board of Trustees of the RAND Corporation and the Board of Directors of Breakthrough Austin.

Prior to these appointments, Hector served as a member of President George W. Bush's Council of Advisors for Science and Technology. He also served on the Board for Spansion Inc., Darden Restaurants, the Eastman Kodak Co., and the Semiconductor Industry Association.

His evolving portfolio of organizations and investments represent his passion to explore new frontiers for creating positive impact — and help others find their roads as well.

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