Corporate Vice President- Silicon Design Engineering & Country Head – India, AMD
As Country Head, Jaya Jagadish is responsible for AMD’s R&D work out of India and for fostering a culture of innovation, inclusive growth, and corporate responsibility at the company’s India Development Centre.
She is the proud winner of 2020 ‘Rising Woman of Influence’ award by Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA). This award recognizes and profiles the next generation of women leaders in the semiconductor industry who are believed to be rising to top executive roles within their organizations.
Her first stint with AMD was in Austin 1994. She joined the company immediately after completing her master’s in electrical engineering from University of Texas at Dallas. She moved on from AMD to work with Mentor Graphics as a senior consultant from 1997-2000, followed by Analog Devices as a Senior Design Engineer till 2004. After returning to India, she joined AMD in 2005 and was one of the first team members of AMD India’s development center in Bangalore.
In early 2000, limited engineering design was done in India. She played an instrumental role in shifting this narrative. She built a strong team, that today is responsible for designing the very core of AMD CPUs. She hired fresh talent, trained, and mentored them. Over the years, she led this team to successfully execute complex programs in AMD’s roadmap. It is a testimony to her leadership that many of these employees today occupy senior positions in the company.
Jaya became part of India leadership team in 2011 as Director and in 2015 was given the responsibility to lead the engineering team in India. In 2018, she was recognized by the international publication, Diversity Journal among the “2018 Women Worth Watching For”. The award recognizes global change makers and leaders who have recorded outstanding achievements throughout their career. Ask her about her success as a woman leader, and she will urge you to not look at her growth from the prism of gender. She envisages a future where there is no such term as ‘Woman Leaders’, but just Leaders!
Speaking Topic: Women Empowering Women
We are amongst the fortunate few who had access to good education and could build a career of our choice. We have benefitted from the learnings from pioneering women who have ventured into new fields and have held the torch for others to follow. The onus is on us to take this forward. The need for women empowering other women has never been stronger than now and we have the responsibility to pave the path for others to follow.