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Alienware Co-Founder Departs Dell, Rumoured For AMD

Frank Azor, co-founder of Alienware and long-time overseer of Dell’s gaming and XPS divisions, has announced his departure from the company as of July 3.

With Alienware since its inception 21 years ago, Azor announced he is taking on a new challenge with a message of thanks on both the Alienware Arena website and on his personal Twitter account.

He spoke about his work in the industry and his experience, and of his pride in Dell, XPS and Alienware.

“I’m so proud of what we’ve built together. Our gaming and premium consumer businesses are outperforming the market and are a huge priority for Dell,” Azor said.

“But the builder and creator in me is ready for the next challenge. It will be very hard to leave this incredible team.“

Azor worked in a wide-ranging role to establish Alienware since its inception in 1998, until it was bought by Dell in 2006.

Azor stayed exclusively with the brand until 2012 when he got more responsibilities in Dell’s other business ventures.

His role was more clearly defined in 2014, becoming the vice-president and general manager of Alienware, Gaming and XPS at Dell, which is the position he currently holds until his departure on July 3.

Azor leaves Alienware and XPS in a healthy position, with products bringing in a combined $3 billion in revenue by the latest figures.

According to Wcctech, he may be leaving to join AMD as chief gaming officer reporting to Sandeep Chennakeshu, executive vice-president of gaming and graphics.

A spokesperson for AMD declined to comment, as “AMD does not comment on rumours or speculation”.

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