James, 46, has overseen and grown rapidly the software side of Intel's business. She is also chairman of McAfee and Wind River Systems, software companies that Intel acquired and made into subsidiaries. Revenue from software and services has gone up by nearly a factor of ten since 2010.
James also currently serves on the board of directors of Vodafone Group plc and
VMware Inc. and was chief of staff for former Intel CEO Andy Grove.
"After a thorough and deliberate selection process, the board of directors is delighted that Krzanich will lead Intel as we define and invent the next generation of technology that will shape the future of computing,” said Andy Bryant, chairman of Intel, in a statement.
In the same statement Krzanich said: "We have amazing assets, tremendous talent, and an unmatched legacy of innovation and execution. I look forward to working with our leadership team and employees worldwide to continue our proud legacy, while moving even faster into ultra-mobility, to lead Intel into the next era."
Intel said that the board of directors was unanimous in its decision to appoint Krzanich.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.