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.
Intel no doubt has advantage in technology but product design is a problem. They couldn't define a better architecture with low power. The other issue is cost. I don't think anyone can compete against TSMC in IC mfg. cost reduction. It's an art that mastered by all level of employees in TSMC. But Intel employees has strong discipline like military. It takes a strong leader to lead and change the top level and the rest could follow the order to execute thoroughly.
I agree emphatically. As someone who worked for Intel from Grove to Otellini, Intel started its downward (in spite of what profits have shown), when Barrett took over. Intel went from inventions to investors. Just staying ahead of competition because they had money to at any problem, does anyone remember Prescott. To turn things around and turn Intel back into the innovation company it once was, it needs a visionary engineer to lead. Not a myopic manufacturing or sales investor singing pawn
For Intel to make a mark against the ARM - TSMC duopoly in Mobile, they would need to leverage their lead in transistor & Fab technology to come out with SoC s that would perform better ( faster at even lower power ) than ARM based designs but would be able to run std. PC software on Tablets and cost no more than $ 10. Intel has less than 2 years to create this breakthrough product, otherwise it might as well forget all about it as by then Chinese companies would be making their own ARM based designs. This is a technical goal and would need a CEO savvy in Technology ( Mobile, Software, Architecture, Chip Design & Process ) as well as Business strengths.
Guys, why do we keep forgetting about Intel's history.. remember there forays in domains outside of the PC market.. digital watches many decades ago, strongARM, communications some telecom stuff, etc, etc. Never was able to make anything out of these. Always back to the PC market, their center of gravity, bread and butter, high margin( need to answer the shareholders). And now the entry into mobile market against a formidable opponent who plays in the high volume low margin market.. you figure it out, who will win this market.
Intel's best and brightest days may be behind us when it comes to its marketing muscle and when it comes to moving into new areas of applications. But intel has by far the best and the most advanced process technology in the world. In fact they are easily five years ahead of TSMC and Global Foundaries both. Intel needs a new CEO who will be able to maintain this kind of technological edge. Most of the candidates you proposed have little background and experience in cutting edge process technology, Intel's crown jewel.
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.