Newly minted Intel Corp. CEO Brian Krzanich wasted little time putting his stamp on the company he has worked for for more than 30 years. After officially being handed the reins at Intel last week with the retirement of Paul Otellini, Krzanich sent out an internal memo Monday outlining some pretty significant structural changes.
The memo—which has not been released externally—was reported Tuesday (May 21) by the Reuters news service and other organizations. Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy confirmed the existence of the memo and walked through the highlights of the structural changes to EE Times.
Mulloy said he has heard from people outside Intel that they were surprised by how quickly Krzanich moved to shake things up. He characterized the swiftness as typical of Krzanich's personal style. Mulloy said Krzanich made it clear during last week's Intel shareholder meeting and in subsequent interviews that he is a man of action more than a man of words.
"He's not much for talking about what he's doing. He's more about doing it," Mulloy said.
The structural changes—which call for more of Intel's groups to report directly to the CEO—are designed to shorten lines of communication and put Intel in position to move more quickly, Mulloy said. The changes support Krzanich's four overarching goals—to continue driving sales of PC processors, move aggressively into mobile computing, accelerate growth in the data center market and continue Intel's leadership in chip manufacturing technology, Mulloy said.
"It's about moving quickly, being decisive, identifying markets sooner and moving more quickly to be there," Mulloy sad.
The memo also apparently cleared up an issue that may have been misperceived in some corners. Renee James, Intel's newly appointed president, reports to Krzanich. "She works for him," Mulloy said. "It's not two in the box."
Some had taken Intel's appointment of a president along with naming Krzanich CEO as a sign that the two would share power over the company. But Mulloy noted that James is not the first president in Intel's history—the company simply did not have the position over the past eight years because Otellini never appointed one.
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This discussion of Krzanich's education seems not only elitist, but downright silly. The man has been working at Intel for more than 30 years, many of those in very senior positions. Whatever he learned or didn't learn in chemistry 101 at SJSU is irrelevant.
the problem with appointing a long term Intel inside is that Intel will keep being Intel... when it desperately needs to morph into a combo of Samsung, ARM, Broadcom and Intel ... but Intel just doesn't get it. Outside of x86 they have failed at every turn, and predictably so.
One big change seems to be downgrading of Perlmutter's position. "After Perlmutter transfers his business groups, he and Krzanich will "define his next significant contribution at Intel," according to the email described by the source."
Hmm... Basically he has his chair taken from under him, with no replacement in sight.
some folk think Krzanich's education sucks.
but who cares. How is he got picked among competitors? there is no exam, test, competition. all that matters is the board like him. why? maybe because he is dumb and won't make the board members looks stupid.
ie. one major US semi company's ceo dragged a group of his operator friends to senior management role.
they might be good guys, but dumb indeed.
anyway, they can promote their dog to be a vp literally. dog has many virtue anyway.
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