Intel is having to say goodbye to two top executives who headed key divisions focusing on the Internet of Things (IoT) and PC and mobile devices.
The departures were announced in an email by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich that was made public to explain why the two senior executives are leaving.
The first is Doug Davis, who will retire at the end of the year having been with the firm for 32 years, most recently heading its IoT Group. A successor for his role has not yet been found.
The second executive to leave, this time for “his next career opportunity”, is Kirk Skaugen. Skaugen has been at Intel for 24 years and held several roles, most recently as senior vice president for the firm’s recently formed Client Computing Group that covers PC and mobile devices. The location of Skaugen’s move was not revealed.
Intel has already lined up a replacement for Skaugen in Navin Shenoy, current general manager for Mobile Client Platforms.
Krzanich thanked both executives for their time at the company. “Each of them have been instrumental to Intel’s success and our executive leadership team over the past years. They will be greatly missed, but we are excited for the good things ahead for each of them,” he said.
The departures follow rumblings at the weekend that Aicha Evana, head of Intel’s mobile chip business, is leaving the company following the poor performance of the unit, according to a Bloomberg report.
The guiding hand of recently appointed Dr Venkata 'Murthy' Renduchintala, president of the Client and IoT Businesses and Systems Architecture Group at Intel, has been seen as part of the reason for these changes.
Renduchintala joined from Intel rival Qualcomm last year and seems intent on shaking up management in an effort to kick start work in key mobile and IoT markets where Intel, at least in the former arena, has fallen behind.
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