Top managers exit Intel

rat treading waterChipzilla appears to be having some problems retaining staff, or might be trying to offload a few of them as part of a corporate restructuring.

Although Intel is not saying anything officially there have been a few too many high profile exits from its lair for it to be a coincidence.

The first we heard was when Aicha Evans, the GM in charge of Intel’s Communications and Devices Group, which is responsible for wireless radio/modem chip engineering, and part of INTC’s broader Platform Engineering Group – is resigning. She has been with Intel for a decade and had her current job for just a year.
What is odd about her leaving is that the she appeared to have scored a bit of a coup convincing Apple to dump its Qualcomm modems and go for something Intelish for the next iPhone 7.

Then we heard that Kirk Skaugen, an Intel employee for 24 years who was the SVP in charge of the company’s large Client Computing Group is leaving. Chipzilla noted that in a memo co-signed by CEO Brian Krzanich and President Murthy Renduchintala. Skaugen will be replaced by Navin Shenoy, the GM of Intel’s Mobile Client Platform Division since 2012.

Another one to clean out his desk is Doug Davis, the SVP in charge of Intel’s Internet of Things Group and a 32-year company vet.  His is less mysterious as he was set to retire at the end of the year anyway. Apparently after 32 years at Intel he wants to “devote more of his time to family, friends, and other interests.”

The changes could mean President Murthy Renduchintala, who joined from Qualcomm last fall, is trying to overhaul management, with an eye towards changing Intel’s engineering culture. We can’t be certain, but it is possible that those named above could just see the writing on the wall.