Pat Gelsinger Becomes Intel’s CEO

Posted on February 15, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware with 8 Comments

Intel announced that Pat Gelsinger has assumed the role of company CEO in keeping with the previously-announced schedule.

“As the incoming CEO, I am just really thrilled that we have the opportunity to take this great icon of a company, this company that has been crucial to every aspect of technology, and have it be that leader again into the future,” Mr. Gelsinger said in a prepared statement. “Because I believe that Intel has a treasure trove of technologists, of technology, and ultimately its core DNA is being that technology leader for the future. I’m just thrilled as a technologist, as a geek at heart, to be able to be in that leadership role to help bring the passions, the history, the opportunity of this great company forward as never before. Our best days are in front of us.”

Gelsinger takes the reins at an important time in history, with Intel facing some major industry headwinds that impact each of its core business units. On the PC, competitors like AMD are eating away at its marketshare. And in the datacenter, more efficient ARM-based designs threaten to undo Intel’s future.

We’ll see what he has planned, but that quote above suggests that he will try to right both businesses. One of the first moves we can expect regards Intel turning to partners for fabricating more efficient chipsets, a process the microprocessor giant has, to date, performed internally. We should see an announcement about that issue before the end of the month.

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