Chip expert Jim Keller steps down from Intel

Jim Keller, a prominent executive who helped design chips at Apple and Tesla before joining Intel two years ago, left the Santa Clara, California-based chipmaker effective June 11, Intel said.
Intel for CIOsIntel said Jim Keller resigned for personal reasons but has agreed to become a consultant to the company for six months.

Jim Keller, who has also helped engineer chips for Advanced Micro Devices, was seen by analysts as a win for Intel when hired in 2018, when the company was several years behind on delivering more powerful chips manufactured using new processes, Reuters reported.

“Many of us have witnessed first-hand Jim’s technical strength in CPU design and passion for silicon engineering. I personally very much appreciated his efforts to help us advance Intel’s product leadership,” Murthy Renduchintala, Intel’s chief engineering officer, said in an internal memo.

Intel plans to reorganize its chip engineering efforts, with four executives — Sundari Mitra, Gene Scuteri, Daaman Hejmadi and Navid Shahriari — taking on new leadership roles reporting to Renduchintala.