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Could be business as usual with Intel's new CEO

Sharon Gaudin | May 3, 2013
With Intel's new CEO ready to step up next month to lead the world's largest chip maker, industry analysts don't expect to see any big change in strategy.

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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