Pat Gelsinger appointed as Intel's eighth CEO

16 February 2021 | Abigail Opiah


Intel Corporation has announced the appointment of Pat Gelsinger as the company's Chief Executive Officer.

Gelsinger re-joined Intel Corporation on February 15, 2021, as CEO, replacing Bob Swan who has held the position since 2018.

He started his professional career with the company, working for Intel from 1979 until 2009 as senior VP and GM, Digital Enterprise Group as well as CTO between 2000 and 2005.

He was Intel’s first-ever Chief Technology Officer, and will now become the company’s eighth chief executive officer in its history.

Gelsinger is an industry veteran with more than four decades of technology and leadership experience and Intel described him as “an accomplished CEO”.

Prior to Gelsinger’s Intel appointment, he served as CEO of VMware for eight years. He was also the President and COO of Dell EMC from 2009 to 2012, where he was responsible for information storage, backup governance and security and data analytics products.

Gelsinger shared his thoughts on returning to lead the company saying, “As the incoming CEO, I am just really thrilled that we have the opportunity to take this great icon of a company, this company that has been crucial to every aspect of technology, and have it be that leader again into the future.

“Because I believe that Intel has a treasure trove of technologists, of technology, and ultimately its core DNA is being that technology leader for the future.

“I’m just thrilled as a technologist, as a geek at heart, to be able to be in that leadership role to help bring the passions, the history, the opportunity of this great company forward as never before. Our best days are in front of us.”

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