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Intel CEO Gelsinger Brings Back Skylake Designer Shlomit Weiss

New Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is bringing back several company veterans and hiring former lieutenants from VMware as part of his plan to return the company to ‘unquestioned leadership’ and push back against the growing influence of AMD, Nvidia, Arm and other companies in the semiconductor industry.

Intel has rehired one of the key engineers behind Intel’s dual-core and Skylake CPUs, marking yet another company veteran to return to the chipmaker as part of CEO Pat Gelsinger’s comeback plan.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company announced Tuesday night that it has appointed 28-year Intel veteran Shlomit Weiss as senior vice president and co-general manager of the Design Engineering Group, where she will work alongside the group’s global head, Sunil Shenoy, another veteran engineer who rejoined the company shortly before Gelsinger began as CEO in February.

[Related: Intel Reorganization: 8 Big Changes Made Under Pat Gelsinger]

In her new role, Weiss will lead the entire chip development and design process for CPUs in client computers in Israel, according to Intel. She will continue to work in Israel, where she was most recently senior vice president of silicon engineering for data center networking products at Nvidia. She had joined Nvidia through its $7 billion acquisition of her previous employer, Mellanox Technologies.

Intel said Weiss had an outsized impact in her first 28 years at the company, where she won the Intel Achievement Award for developing the company’s game-changing dual-core CPU architecture. She was also in charge of development of Intel’s sixth-generation Core CPUs, code-named Skylake. The company added that Weiss “trailblazed the way for other women in executive technological positions” and founded the Intel Israel Women Forum in 2014.

“I am thrilled to return to the place that had been my home for 28 years, where I grew and developed professionally, as a manager and as a person,” Weiss said in a statement. “I have been following Intel’s Pat Gelsinger, charting a new, bold strategy for the company, which I believe will accelerate the company’s leadership. I will devote my energy to ensuring Intel continues to lead in hardware and chips.”

Gelsinger is bringing back several company veterans and hiring former lieutenants from VMware as part of his plan to return the company to “unquestioned leadership” and push back against the growing influence of AMD, Nvidia, Arm and other companies in the semiconductor industry.

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