Intel finally names its next CEO

Chipmaker Intel has announced its next CEO, just weeks before current chief executive Paul Otellini is due to step down.

Brian Krzanich, currently Intel's COO, will take over the reins when Otellini takes early retirement later this month. 

Krzanich joined Intel in 1982. According to a recent report by the New York Times, only long-standing employees were considered for the role: the newest employee being considered for the job had joined in 1988. 

"I am deeply honored by the opportunity to lead Intel," said Krzanich in a statement. "We have amazing assets, tremendous talent, and an unmatched legacy of innovation and execution. 

"I look forward to working with our leadership team and employees worldwide to continue our proud legacy, while moving even faster into ultra-mobility, to lead Intel into the next era."

The announcement ends years of speculation about who would succeed Otellini. Pundits were debating Intel's succession plans at least as far back as 2010. 

According to a report by Mike Magee's that year, the company was left without an obvious replacement for Otellini after chairman and heir apparent Sean Maloney suffered a stroke in 2010.

Other possible candidates included Pat Gelsinger, who joined Intel in 1979 but left in 2009 to join EMC. Last year, he became CEO of VMware. 

Krzanich's principle challenge will be to transition Intel into the post-PC era. Having successfully seen off rival chipmaker AMD, Intel has been eclipsed in the mobile arena by British chip designer ARM Holdings and its partners. 

Last month, Intel reported a 2% decline in revenue for the first quarter of the financial year, down $12.6 billion. 

Unsurprisingly, the company's PC client group shrank 6% year-on-year to $8 billion during the quarter. More worrying was a 9% drop in sales of its 'Architecture' division, which sells its Atom range of chips for mobile devices. 

Profit for the quarter dropped 25% in the quarter, down to $2 billion.

Pete Swabey

Pete Swabey

Pete was Editor of Information Age and head of technology research for Vitesse Media plc from 2005 to 2013, before moving on to be Senior Editor and then Editorial Director at The Economist Intelligence...

Related Topics