September 2 - 3, 2020


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CEO, Virsec


Atiq Raza is currently the Chairman and CEO of Virsec, a next-generation Cybersecurity software company. Atiq Raza is an industry veteran and has been working in engineering leadership and senior management positions for the past thirty-two years. He was Chairman and CEO of NexGen, the first company to challenge Intel in microprocessors. NexGen became a public company and subsequently was acquired by AMD for approximately $850 million in AMD stock. Atiq became the President and COO of AMD and served on its Board of Directors. At AMD, he laid the foundation of its processor business and brought the AMD-K6 and Athlon products to market and established the Opteron 64-bit instruction set architecture. Prior to NexGen, Atiq held various management positions at VLSI technology Incorporated, most notably the president of Technology Centers. Post AMD, Atiq founded Raza Microelectronics Incorporated (RMI). RMI was acquired by NetLogic in October 2009 and Atiq served as Chief Technology Advisor to NetLogic. NetLogic in turn was acquired by Broadcom on the strength of the RMI Processor. Atiq has been on the boards of several successful start-ups including Mellanox (now a public company), SiByte (acquired by Broadcom for $2.2 billion), Siara (acquired by Redback for $4 billion), VxTel (acquired by Intel for $500 million) and Magma (now a public company). He has several degrees, including his Bachelor’s degree with honors in Physics from Punjab University, with a double bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with honors from the University of London, and his Master’s degree in Materials Science & Engineering from Stanford University. Atiq served on the Stanford University School of Engineering Advisory Board for eight years until 2016.