Having someone like Krzanich, who has experience in manufacturing, at the helm should help the company stay on that schedule.
"Krzanich is a 'blue-blooded' Intel insider with the experience to steer a giant super-tanker like Intel," said Patrick Moorhead, an analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy. "He has manufacturing and technology experience, which are the two largest Intel investments. I expect Krzanich to attack issues like Intel has over the last 20 years -- fight with the fab."
He also noted that if Krzanich can push Intel to execute on its new mobile and 14nm architectures, the company could become a force in mobility and a challenge to ARM.
Jack Gold, president of J. Gold Associates, said overall he sees Krzanich's promotion as a good move for Intel.
"I see the promotion from within and the background he has as positive," said Gold. "It's a realization by the board that Intel does have some challenges and it must realign some of its businesses and focus. Longer term, Krzanich... could make them more competitive in a rapidly changing market."
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