Pat Gelsinger is a geek’s geek. The man is brilliant and genuinely excited about the new technology coming out of the industry.
When I interviewed him less than a year ago he described his job as chief technology officer as the job he’d always wanted and something he’d like to do for the rest of his days. It brought to mind the old Chinese proverb that is you find yourself a job you like it means you never have to work another day.
But with Intel’s reorganisation he’s been shunted into the enterprise group. While he can talk the talk – his mastery of codenames for new platforms was very impressive – he doesn’t seem happy in his new role.
In the Q&A session after his keynote he only really got animated when describing new technology.
Recruitment consultants take notice; Gelsinger could be up for a move, although he’d never admit it. He’s too bright a spark to be drowned in the stultifying atmosphere of enterprise technology.
While his Intel share options will mean he never has to work again this isn’t a man who works for money, he works for the love of the tech. The right company could gain a valuable asset.
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