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Intel restructures data centre operations to stem lost sales

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Intel has broken up its data centre unit and appointed new heads to help the firm fight off the increasing challenge it faces in the data centre segment from the likes of AMD, Arm and Nvidia.

Intel’s data platform group has been restructured into new business units. Sandra Rivera will take on a new role as executive vice president and general manager of datacenter and AI. Rivera will lead the focus on developing data centre products, including new Intel Xeon and field programmable gate array (FPGA) offerings.

She will also drive the company’s overall artificial intelligence (AI) strategy. Prior to her previous role of chief people officer, she led Intel’s network platforms group.

In addition, Nick McKeown will join Intel full-time on 6 July as senior vice president and general manager of a new network and edge unit. This brings Intel’s network platforms group, Internet of Things group and connectivity group into a single business unit.

McKeown was previously a part-time Intel senior fellow who joined the company with its 2019 acquisition of Barefoot Networks, which he co-founded.

And Greg Lavender has joined Intel as chief technology officer (CTO) and senior vice president and general manager of the new software and advanced technology group. This group will drive Intel’s “unified vision for software”.

As CTO, Lavender will also be responsible for driving Intel’s technical innovation and research programmes, including Intel Labs. He was previously senior vice president and CTO of VMware.

Finally, Raja Koduri will lead the accelerated computing systems and graphics group, a newly formed business unit that will increase the company’s focus in the key growth areas of high performance computing and graphics. He was previously general manager of architecture, graphics and software.

Navin Shenoy, who was executive vice president and general manager of the data platform group, will assist with the transition and will be leaving Intel on 6 July, after 26 years at the firm.

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