SAN FRANCISCO—Sean Maloney, a veteran Intel executive who is currently an executive vice president and chairman of the Intel's China subsidiary, plans to retire in January after 30 years with the company, Intel said Wednesday (Sept. 19).
Maloney, 56, is known for his hard charging ways. He has often been mentioned as a possible successor to Intel's current CEO, Paul Otellini. Maloney suffered a stroke at his home in February 2010 and was on medical leave until January 2011. He was appointed chairman of Intel China in May 2011. He first joined Intel in 1982.
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"I am very proud of my 30 years at Intel," Maloney said through a statement issued Wednesday. "Through those years I’ve had the honor of working with some of the most brilliant minds in the world, from Andy Grove to Paul Otellini, and on the most cutting-edge technology. I worked on three continents and saw the world as a representative of Intel. I saw firsthand the astonishing growth and potential of China and the Asian region.
Maloney's previous roles at Intel included co-general manager of the Intel Architecture Group and chief sales and marketing officer.
"Intel will always be part of my life, and I feel privileged to have been one of the company’s leaders," Maloney said. "I look forward to my retirement and spending more time with my family. Intel is full of the best and brightest people I have ever known."
Otellini said Maloney identified the impact Asia would have as a technology market and innovation hub back in the 1990s. "He leaves a major mark on Intel and the industry, and I wish Sean and his family well as they move on to the next chapter in his life."
Maloney, a college dropout who grew up in London, began his Intel career in the company's European headquarters, where he spent nine years in management roles in applications engineering, sales and marketing. From 1992 to 1995, he served as technical assistant to Grove, then Intel’s chairman and CEO. In 1995, Maloney moved to Hong Kong to manage Intel's sales and marketing activities in Asia Pacific and returned to the United States in 1998 to become head of Intel's worldwide sales organization. Three years later he took over as head of Intel Communications Group and became co-manager of the Intel Mobility Group in 2004.