The process of picking the next Intel leader is clearly new. In the
past, new candidates were carefully groomed, serving long
apprenticeships as chief operating officers. From Gordon Moore to Andy
Grove to Craig Barrett and Paul Otellini “you could see who would be
next years in advance…you could set you clock to it,” said Nathan
Brookwood, long time Intel watcher at Insight64 (Saratoga, Calif.).
had been grooming Sean Maloney as his successor, but a tragic stroke
set Maloney on another path. Maloney recovered to take the helm of Intel
China for a time before announcing his own retirement plans.
could pick an insider. In tandem with the announcement that Otellini
will retire, the company named a triumvirate of three executive vice
presidents who are clearly candidates for the CEO seat. However, we
expect they will provide an incoming outsider with a ready set of
lieutenants to help navigate Intel’s inner workings.
many of Intel's strongest executives have left over the last few years,”
said Kevin Krewell, senior analyst with the Linley Group (Mountain
View, Calif.) and editor of the Microprocessor Report. “I believe that
is one of the reasons the board is considering an external candidate,
which is stunning news considering Intel's internally-focused corporate
Others see Intel sticking to its old succession plan.
“An internal replacement of Otellini would appear to be a more
transparent transition, and would likely be a move where they can keep
their current strategic plans they’ve invested so heavily in, on pace,
and without major hiccups,” said Craig Stice, senior principal analyst
That said, here's our list of possible candidates to be
the next Intel CEO. Don’t be too surprised if Intel’s actual choice is a
name unfamiliar to the semiconductor, and even the electronics
Of the three current Intel executives promoted this week, several analysts think Brian Krzanich, COO and head of worldwide manufacturing, has the best shot to replace Otellini. “The technology and manufacturing group is the soul of Intel,” noted industry analyst Nathan Brookwood.