Formerly at Intel, where he worked on major bricks like USB or Wi-Fi and who supervised no less than 14 generations of processors, Patrick Gelsinger is returning to replace the current CEO and former CFO, Bob Swan.
Two years and then goes: current Intel CEO Robert says “Bob” Swan will hand over the reins of processor giant Intel next February, for the benefit of an industry veteran and former Intel spawner , Patrick Gelsinger. Bob Swan had first acted as Brian Krzanich, who landed in 2018 for moral reasons – he was dating an Intel employee, which is prohibited by company policy – but also for the poor results of his presidency. Returned to his post, Bob Swan continued to lead the big liner to try to accompany him in the eddies.
The loss of leadership in the finesse of engraving and that of certain markets, such as the iconic Apple which developed its own chips, completed the course of Mr. Swan, criticized by some for being a financier and not an engineer.
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Patrick says “Pat” Gelsinger can not be accused of lack of technicality: debauched from VMware, he is a veteran of Intel where he officiated three decades. And had risen to the rank of Chief Technology Officer (CTO). And for good reason: he is at the origin of standards such as USB or Wi-Fi, participated in 14 generations of processors (including emblematic chips like the 80486, the different generations of Pentium, etc.) and had initiated the famous Intel Developper Forum in 1997, the annual high mass of semiconductors abandoned in 2017.
Pat Gelsinger will have the difficult task not to put Intel back afloat, because the company is still making (a lot) of money, but to restore its technological reputation, to accelerate developments and transformations around booming equipment (equipment network, AI chips, etc.). And to revitalize (or reinvent) the x86, whose undivided domination for decades has been undermined by the various ARM chips.