Another piece of information released by an anonymous Intel employee in December is confirmed. After the report on the transfer of production of part of the processors to the 5- and 3nm TSMC lines, the company’s CEO is replaced.
Exactly one month later, on February 15, 2021, CEO Bob Swan will leave the office in letters and will be replaced by Pat Gelsinger. Swan has been at the helm of Intel since February 2019, for two years. At that time, he replaced Brian Krzanich, who was the first boss to harvest sour grapes from Intel’s manufacturing processes. It is true that the development of the process takes some time and the criticism, which first went to his head due to the first years of failures with 10nm production, somewhat belonged to the previous management.
exCEO Intelu Brian Krzanich a exředitelka Renee James
However, Krzanich was a model example of a three-pack CEO. He was able to blame his first failures on his predecessor, the second wave on the production director (Renee James was fired due to a delay of the 10nm process) and in June 2018 he wrote three envelopes. It has been rumored that after the company’s declining competitiveness, the last straw was the fact that the CEO sold the company’s shares before the release of the first wave of information about the security vulnerabilities of Core processors. The formal reason was to be a relationship in the workplace, although according to the subsequently leaked information it was a surrogate problem, as the relationship that was formally blamed on Krzanich was a thing of the past at the time of his departure.
Krzanich’s successor was a person with an economic background, the then financial head of the company Robert (Bob) Swan. Evil linguists claimed that the financier at the head of the IT company would be a disaster, just as the financier Hector Ruiz (internally nicknamed Hector Ruin at the time) at the head of AMD was a disaster. On the one hand, we can say that Intel’s technological position has not improved much since Brian Krzanich’s departure, on the other hand, the company will reap the fruits sown by Bob Swan in a year or two at the earliest. CPU and GPU development projects usually take 3-5 years, depending on how complex they are and what priority and resources they receive.
Whatever we look at Bob Swan in two years’ time, at least for his photogenic smile, he won’t be forgotten (despite his long tenure at the helm of the company).
A boss with an economic background is replaced by a boss with a purely technological background. Patrick Paul (Pat) Gelsinger is not a name unknown to Intel. Although he is moving from the management (also the position of CEO) of VMWare to the position of CEO, he is only fatally connected with Intel.
Intel was the company where he started his career. He first worked in lower positions in the development of the 286 and 386 architectures. He quickly worked his way up and worked on the 486 (and also the Pentium Pro) from the position of architect. He gradually got into the position of technology chief of the company (CTO), from which he tried to expand Intel’s portfolio with graphics accelerators.
Gelsinger s waferem Larrabee
However, the Larrabee project ended in failure and this failure was attributed to the reason for his departure from Intel in 2009. However, there were opinions that tried to explain this by Gelsinger’s disappointment that he was not promised the post of next CEO.
However, this theory did not correspond much with the known facts. For example, the fact that the then CEO, Paul Otellini, took up the top position in 2005 and left it only in mid-2013. It is difficult to assume that in 2009 Intel would “buy” with a binding seat for the boss chair, which actually released four years later. Another fact is that there is no indication that Intel would run a similar internal seating system, as it took over half a year after Krzanich left to find and approve of his successor. If there was a binding waiting list in the company, the candidate would be clear on the day of the resignation of his predecessor. Even last December’s reports said that there were more candidates to choose from.
The appointment of an engineer to the position of CEO of an IT company is a hope to improve the current situation. At the very least, it points to the possibility of improvement over the operating government (Krzanich) and the accounting government (Swan). Taking this from historical experience, the heads of IT companies, who emerged from the ranks of development and research, were mostly among the average to very successful. Even if Intel doesn’t catch up with future generations of products (at least Alder Lake planned for the end of this year looks for the first improvement), the first fruits of Gelsinger’s leadership can be expected in 3-5 years.
Intel CEO Overview:
- Robert Noyce (1968 – 1975)
- Gordon Moore (1975 – 1987)
- Andy Grove (1987 – 1998)
- Craig Barrett (1998 – 2005)
- Paul Otellini (2005 – May 2013)
- Brian Krzanich (May 2013 – June 2018)
- Bob Swan (February 2019 – February 15, 2021)
- Pat Gelsinger (February 15, 2021)
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