Talk among industry analysts has at least three Intel insiders on the list of potential CEOs: Renee James, head of Intel's software business; Brian Krzanich, chief operating officer and head of worldwide manufacturing; and Stacy Smith, chief financial officer and director of corporate strategy
Just as the company announced Otellini's retirement plans, it also reported that all three had been promoted to the position of executive vice president.
David Perlmutter, a general manager with the Intel Architecture Group and Chief Product Officer, and Justin Rattner, Intel's CTO and head of Intel Labs, also are considered to be among the running.
"The choice of a new CEO is always critical, but maybe even more so for Intel right now," said Olds. "They're facing major competitive challenges in every segment of their business, so the new CEO will have his or her hands full charting the right course for the company."
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