Pat Gelsinger leaves Intel for EMC

Intel has lost one of its top executives. Pat Gelsinger, who designed the original 486 processor and recently served as Senior VP and Co-General Manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group, has left the chipmaker to join storage firm EMC, according to a report at The Wall Street Journal.

Gelsinger will serve as the President and Chief Operating Officer of EMC's Information Infrastructure Products business. According to the official announcement, Gelsinger "will be responsible for EMC’s Information Infrastructure product portfolio, including its Information Storage, RSA Information Security, Content Management and Archiving and Ionix IT management divisions."

Under Gelsinger's leadership, Intel's Digital Enterprise Group developed the Nehalem architecture that powers Core i5, Core i7, and Xeon 5500 processors. The business is also responsible for "more than half" of Intel's annual revenue. Before that, Gelsinger managed the division that created the Pentium Pro, the granddaddy of today's Core processors.

EMC bills itself as a provider of "information infrastructure technology." Its product portfolio includes the Symmetrix family of storage arrays for the enterprise.

At Intel, Gelsinger's departure has been followed by several "organizational changes:"

First, Intel is consolidating all of its major product divisions into the newly formed Intel Architecture Group (IAG), which will be co-managed by Sean Maloney and Dadi Perlmutter, both executive vice presidents. Maloney will be responsible for business and operations while Perlmutter will lead product development and architecture. Reporting to them will be all of Intel's components businesses based on the Intel architecture, as well as all the development and marketing teams needed to bring these products to market.

Intel says its manufacturing division, the Technology and Manufacturing Group, will also report to Chief Administrative Officer and Executive VP Andy Bryant going forward.

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