Intel Names Brian Krzanich As CEO

Intel chief operating officer Brian Krzanich has been named as the company’s new chief executive officer. Krzanich will become the company’s sixth CEO in history following the exit of long-time CEO Paul Otellini.

Krzanich will take over on May 16 while Renée James will beging serving as company president on the same date.

Krzanich is a long-time Intel employee who joined the tech giant in 1982. Krzanich serves various positions at Intel and was promoted to COO in January 2012.

Intel’s new CEO has a tough road ahead as the company attempts to transition further into the mobile tablet and smartphone markets. Intel has begun to convince mobile manufacturers to adopt its Intel Atom platform in place of the popular ARM-based processors. Krzanich will also need to restructure Intel’s PC Client and Data Center groups after they both reported recent quarterly loses.

Brian Krzanich said in a statement following the announcement:

“I am deeply honored by the opportunity to lead Intel. We have amazing assets, tremendous talent, and an unmatched legacy of innovation and execution.”

While Paul Otellini will no longer run day-to-day operations at the company, he will still serve as an advisor for the tech firms management team.

In congratulating Krzanich, President Renée James said the new CEO has a “deep understanding and vision for the future of computing architecture, combined with her broad experience running product R&D.”

James is also an experienced working in the tech sector having served positions with Havok, McAffee, and Wind River.

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