SEPTEMBER 28--Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, CA; www.intel.com/pressroom), a manufacturer of computer, networking, and communications products, has named Patrick Gelsinger chief technology officer (CTO), making him the first CTO in the company's 33-year history. Reporting directly to Intel president and CEO Craig Barrett, Gelsinger will coordinate longer-term research and help ensure consistency among Intel's emerging computing, networking, and communications technologies.
Gelsinger will lead a new organization called the Corporate Technology Group, encompassing many of Intel's research activities, including the Intel Architecture Labs and Intel Research. The group will provide research and technology direction across product lines and will work with the industry to create and deliver key industry specifications, standards, and technologies. Product-development responsibilities, as well as business-specific research functions, will remain in their respective business groups.
"The convergence of digital computing and communications requires the coordination of many of Intel's technology and research efforts at a high level," Barrett said. "Pat's experience driving research-and-development initiatives at Intel for more than 20 years makes him uniquely qualified to direct this activity going forward. Our goals are to offer a consistent direction to the computing and communications industries and to continue to play a leadership role in establishing industry specifications and standards."