AMD announced the departure of its chief marketing executive Henri Richards this week - and rumours are emerging that claim he may be moving over to Intel customer, Apple.

Henri Richard is executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer at AMD, a company he joined in 2002. In that post he has oversight of AMD’s international sales force, corporate marketing and field marketing initiatives.

Previously, Richard was executive vice president of worldwide field operations at WebGain, Inc., a privately held provider of Java software for Fortune 500 companies. Prior to that, he was president of the Computer Products Group at Bell Microproducts and vice president, worldwide sales and support for IBM’s Technology Group.

If the rumour is correct, the man in charge of marketing AMD's chips has thrown his own chips into the ring of the resurgent Apple Inc.

The rumour hasn't been confirmed and emanates entirely from The Inquirer, which claims: "Whispers in the park near to (AMD's) Sunnyvale headquarters is that sales and marketing man Henri Richard may well be joining Apple."

Richard's departure will be effective as of 8 September. If he does end up at Apple, he is unlikely to take a junior executive role, the report suggests.