Founder and Chairman, Advanced Nanotechnology
Dr. Hector Ruiz, an accomplished chief executive and technology luminary, is driven by the idea that technology and education dramatically improve people’s lives. 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. Today, Hector serves as founder and chairman of Advanced Nanotechnology, and as advisor to individuals, corporations, and governments on breakthrough technology initiatives.
Hector fundamentally believes that technology and education open doors for people and can enable them to be more informed, voting citizens, which is critical for a strong democracy. His evolving portfolio of organizations and investments represent his passion to continually explore new frontiers for creating positive impact.
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 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). During this time, 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.