Intel rejigs engineering business, Murthy Renduchintala leaves

Intel revealed that Murthy Renduchintala, its chief engineering officer, will leave Intel on Aug. 3, 2020, as part of a major restructuring.
Intel for CIOsIntel said it will separate a key technology unit into five teams, the US-based chipmaker said on Monday.

Intel said it is reorganizing its technology, systems architecture and client group. Its new leaders will report directly to chief executive officer Bob Swan.

Ann Kelleher — Technology Development
Keyvan Esfarjani — Manufacturing and Operations
Josh Walden (interim) — Design Engineering
Raja Koduri — Architecture, Software and Graphics
Randhir Thakur — Supply Chain

Ann Kelleher, a 24-year Intel veteran, will lead development of 7-nanometer and 5-nanometer chip technology processes.

Last week, the US-based company had said the smaller, faster 7-nanometer chipmaking technology was six months behind schedule and it would have to rely more on outside chipmakers to keep its products competitive, Reuters reported.

Mike Mayberry, who has been leading Technology Development, will consult and assist in the transition until his planned retirement at the end of the year.

Murthy Renduchintala, who was president of the wide-ranging group before its reorganization and widely seen as a No. 2 to Bob Swan, joined Intel in 2015. He was executive vice president of Qualcomm, and has been on Accenture’s board since April 2018.

Intel hired Murthy Renduchintala from rival Qualcomm as part of a strategy to go after broader markets than the central processing units, or CPUs, the company became known for in the PC era.

One major effort, creating modem chips to connect smart phones to mobile data networks, ended last year. Intel sold the business to Apple for $1 billion, a fraction of what it had invested in the effort, CNBC reported.

Murthy Renduchintala eventually took responsibly for turning around Intel’s process technology, which struggled with years of delay for its current 10-nanometer process. Intel CEO told investors in November that Intel was set start catching up to rivals with its 7-nanometer process in early 2021, but was forced to reverse himself last week because of the delays.