18. Brian Krzanich
After only a few months at the helm, Krzanich is driving the chip giant hard and fast into what he has called every segment of computing. That means leading Intel into big new market opportunities such as sub-$100 tablets and even wearable computers.
Krzanich, a 31-year Intel veteran who started his career as a process engineer at Intel, is determined to make sure that Intel remains at the nexus of the fast-changing market. At his first appearance at the Intel Developer Forum, Krzanich wowed the crowd with Intel's first fanless first fanless Ultrabooks running Core i5 and i7 chips.
Krzanich also has stepped up Intel's game in the mobile handset market with the Atom-based 22nm SoC with integrated support for voice over 3G and data over LTE.