5 Intel Executives Every Partner Should Know

Faces You Need To Know

From data center to the Internet of Things, Intel is powering full steam ahead into areas of opportunity for both the company and its partners. Here are the faces behind the company's new strategy across its various businesses, with new roles reflecting the news in May that Intel Data Center Group head Diane Bryant was taking a leave of absence. CEO Brian Krzanich said in an email to the company that Bryant, who has led the Data Center Group over the past five years, is stepping away for the next six to eight months "to tend to a personal family matter." Krzanich said that he will announce Bryant's next role upon her return.

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Data Center: Navin Shenoy

Navin Shenoy, who was most recently general manager of the Client Computing Group, will take the helm to replace Bryant as the new Data Center Group head. Shenoy will manage Intel's data center product development and strategy for cloud service providers, enterprise and government infrastructure, as well as server, storage and network solutions. Most recently, Intel has started shipping its second-generation Xeon Phi processors, aimed at expanding high-performance computing capabilities.

Looking ahead, Intel is working to target next-generation technologies, such as artificial intelligence and deep learning systems, with its data center chips.

IoT, Client Compute And Software Strategy: Murthy Renduchintala

Intel executive Venkata "Murthy" Renduchintala leads Intel's shift in strategy from a PC-focused company to a connected device, cloud and data center company with a tighter emphasis on the Internet of Things. The former Qualcomm executive is leading the company's Client and IoT Business and Systems Architecture Group -- responsible for speeding strategy execution across its core areas of growth. Renduchintala's group brings together Intel's Platform Engineering, Client Computing, IoT, Software and Services, and Design and Technology Solutions divisions, which share a common set of technologies required for client and mobile systems on chips.

With Shenoy replacing Bryant as the Data Center Group head, Renduchintala will also take on the company's Client Computing Group efforts, responsible for product development and strategy across the client computing segment, including notebooks, desktops and tablets. Beyond components like Intel Core, vPro technology, Atom and Pentium processors, this business also includes connectivity solutions like Thunderbolt technology and wired client Ethernet.

Connected Cars: Doug Davis

Intel in November lifted the curtain on the Automated Driving Group, which the company said will research and develop innovative next-generation autonomous driving solutions and driver assist connected systems -- and put longtime executive Doug Davis in charge. Davis, who was formerly the general manager of Intel's IoT Group, is well-positioned to spearhead Intel's foray into the connected car space as the company aims to put its chips in autonomous vehicles.

Internet Of Things: Tom Lantzsch

In 2016, Intel hired Tom Lantzsch as senior vice president and general manager of its IoT Group. Lantzsch previously was the executive vice president of strategy at rival chip company ARM. He is leading the strategy behind Intel architecture computing solutions across the IoT market segments, including manufacturing, industrial, retail, transportation, smart buildings and homes.

Overall Transformation Strategy: Aicha Evans

Aicha Evans drives the strategy behind Intel's transformation from a PC-centric company to a datacentric company. The chief strategy officer leads rapid decision-making and companywide execution as Intel looks to tighten its focus around areas of growth. Previously, Evans was the general manager of the Communication and Devices Group at Intel and was responsible for driving wireless engineering for Intel platforms.