Advanced Micro Devices has appointed Ahmed Mahmoud as the company's chief information officer in an effort to strengthen internal technology operations,

Mahmoud previously was vice president of information technology at Dell for 13 years, working in the manufacturing, supply chain, data warehousing and corporate computing operations.

He will manage the AMD global technology infrastructure and report to CEO Hector Ruiz, AMD said in a statement.

AMD officials did not respond to a request for comment on whether Mahmoud will be replacing a current executive.

The company has struggled over the past few months, falling behind competitor Intel in chip manufacturing technology and delaying the release last year of its quad-core Opteron processor, code-named Barcelona, after locating a bug on the chip.

AMD manufactures processors using the 65-nanometer process, while Intel is already churning out 100,000 Penryn chips manufactured using the 45-nanometer process on a daily basis.

AMD plans to move to the 45-nanometer process later this year, though it hasn't given a specific date. It has already demonstrated two chips manufactured using the 45-nanometer process -- the quad-core Shanghai and Deneb chips for servers and desktops, respectively.