I spoke with Intel chairman Bryant a short while ago. Bryant noted that in the appeals to the board of directors, Krzanich and Intel software and services head Renee James had actually teamed up to offer a combined vision for Intel, and that vision swayed the board. Krzanich won out against James based on his substantial experience with Intel, said Bryant. Bryant said he was not yet at liberty to disclose what the vision was. He said those who think Krzanich's familiarity with Intel's chip manufacturing signals a deeper push into the contract foundry business “are overstating the case a bit,” though he added that he has always thought Intel should do more foundry work than it has. When asked how Krzanich's tenure may be different from Otellini's, Bryant pointed out that with each new CEO over the years, Intel has invented new markets for its chips, but now it may be time for Intel to listen to the market.
With Grove, we got the PC. With [Craig] Barrett, we got communications, especially WiFi [Intel's Centreno initiative]. With Paul, we got servers. The market had been mainframes and Paul really created that [X86] server market. Intel has always created a market for itself. That's been one of its strengths. I'm hoping with Brian it will likewise open up some new markets. We're hoping now to have a little more outside-in thinking, to hear what the market is saying.