It looks like Intel is going to be pretty aggressive with its recruiting drive (or should I say "Odyssey") for the Visual Technologies team. According to Radeon Technologies Group chief of staff Raja Koduri, Intel seems to have convinced Tom Petersen one of NVIDIA's most famous (former) faces, to switch sides. There he worked since 2005 as a director of technical marketing.
Tom is equally popular with journalists and enthusiasts because of his calm temperament and his departure from NVIDIA was not entirely expected. Prior to joining NVIDIA, he worked for IBM and Motorola as a CPU designer in the PowerPC team and as an engineering director at Broadcom for one of their embedded quad-core chips.
Today was my last day as an NVIDIA employee. I will miss her. They have worn me through hard times and I am eternally grateful.
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Tom Petersen was the guy who cleaned up the NVIDIA marketing team from the Maxwell-based GTX 970 to the fiasco async compute drama, which was the first implementation of DirectX12 in AotS by Team Green was haunted. He was also the type who normally participated in press releases for product launches and responded to many post-market criticisms.
Prior to Koduri and Petersen, Intel also had several other veterans aboard its discreet Xe GPU development team. These include AMD's former Senior Director of Global Product Marketing, Chris Hook, Jim Keller and Darren McPhee, both of whom formerly played a leading role at AMD.
As HotHardware points out, this was not the case yet, but it is quite certain that Tom Petersen will join Intel's Visual Technologies team to bring the Xe chips to fruition.