Paul Otlenni- The Gen­tle Gi­ant

In­tel Cor­po­ra­tion’s former CEO Paul Otellini passed away in his sleep at the age of 66 on Oc­to­ber 2, 2017

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Otellini joined In­tel way back in 1974 and be­came the com­pany’s CEO in 2005 and took re­tire­ment in 2012. Otellini be­came In­tel’s fifth CEO in 2005. Un­der his lead­er­ship the com­pany made im­por­tant strate­gic, tech­no­log­i­cal and fi­nan­cial gains. These in­cluded trans­form­ing operations and cost struc­ture for long-term growth; as­sum­ing a lead­er­ship po­si­tion in the server mar­ket seg­ment; and main­tain­ing prof­itabil­ity dur­ing the global re­ces­sion. Other ac­com­plish­ments in­cluded sign­ing on notable new cus­tomer en­gage­ments, such as winning the Ap­ple PC busi­ness, and busi­ness part­ner­ships and strate­gic ac­qui­si­tions that ex­panded In­tel’s pres­ence in se­cu­rity, soft­ware and mo­bile com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

On the fi­nan­cial front, In­tel gen­er­ated more rev­enue dur­ing his eight-year ten­ure as CEO than it did dur­ing the com­pany’s pre­vi­ous 45 years1. In the last full year be­fore he was named CEO, In­tel had $34 billion in sales; by 2012, the num­ber had grown to $53 billion.

“We are deeply sad­dened by Paul’s pass­ing,” In­tel CEO Brian Krzanich said. “He was the re­lent­less voice of the cus­tomer in a sea of en­gi­neers, and he taught us that we only win when we put the cus­tomer first.”

Otellini was born in San Fran­cisco on Oct. 12, 1950, and re­mained a fan of the city all his life. He re­ceived a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in eco­nom­ics from the Univer­sity of San Fran­cisco in 1972 and an MBA from the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley in 1974. He joined In­tel in 1974 and served in a num­ber of po­si­tions, in­clud­ing gen­eral man­ager of In­tel’s Pe­riph­eral Com­po­nents Op­er­a­tion and the Fol­som Mi­cro­com­puter Di­vi­sion, and in 1989 as then-CEO Andy Grove’s chief of staff.

From 1990 to 2002, he held var­i­ous po­si­tions at In­tel, in­clud­ing ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager of the In­tel Ar­chi­tec­ture Group, re­spon­si­ble for the com­pany’s mi­cro­pro­ces­sor and chipset busi­nesses and strate­gies for desk­top, mo­bile and en­ter­prise com­put­ing, as well as ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager of the Sales and Mar­ket­ing Group. Otellini also served as chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer from 2002 to 2005.

“Paul’s busi­ness acu­men, op­ti­mism and ded­i­ca­tion fu­eled our growth through­out his ten­ure as CEO,” In­tel Chair­man Andy Bryant said. “His tire­less drive, dis­ci­pline and hu­mil­ity were cor­ner­stones of his lead­er­ship and live on in our com­pany val­ues to this day.”

Paul and his wife, Sandy, were mar­ried for 30 years. He is sur­vived by his wife; his son, Pa­trick; and his daugh­ter, Alexis. Since he re­tired in 2013, Otellini ded­i­cated time to men­tor­ing young peo­ple and be­ing in­volved with sev­eral phil­an­thropic and char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing the San Fran­cisco Sym­phony and San Fran­cisco Gen­eral Hospi­tal Foun­da­tion.

Jour­ney well Paul in your af­ter­life.RIP

“I’ve al­ways be­lieved the best mea­sure of a prod­uct’s worth is cus­tomer ac­cep­tance in the mar­ket­place.” — Paul Otellini

PAUL OTELLINI 1950 - 2017

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