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[Anandtech] Paul Otellini, Former Intel CEO, Passes Away

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"Paul Otellini, chief executive of Intel from 2005 to 2013, passed away in his sleep on Monday, October 2, 2017, Intel has announced. Mr. Otellini was Intel’s first CEO who did not have a technology educational background, and yet spent his entire career at Intel. During his tenure at one of the world’s largest chipmakers, he had a significant impact on the company’s business and technology development.

“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.”

Paul Otellini was born in San Francisco on October 12, 1950. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of San Francisco in 1972, then an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974. Mr. Otellini joined Intel in 1974 and then held various positions at the company for 39 years before he retired in 2013.

Despite the fact that he did not have any educational background in technology, his impact on Intel (and therefore on the whole IT industry) is hard to overstate. For example, he used to run Intel Architecture Group, responsible for developing CPUs and chipsets as well as the company’s strategies for desktop, mobile and enterprise computing. Besides, he used to be the general manager of Intel’s Sales and Marketing Group, before becoming COO in 2002 and CEO in 2005."

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It's no question that during his term, Intel had thrived more than any other CEO. Had a huge impact on the industry.
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While Intel thrived, we should probably ask how and why they thrived.

Spoiler: not according to the rules of fair practice. Not going to take a dump on the dead, but I wouldn't consider his CEO role at Intel something to be proud of.
 
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While Intel thrived, we should probably ask how and why they thrived.

Spoiler: not according to the rules of fair practice. Not going to take a dump on the dead, but I wouldn't consider his CEO role at Intel something to be proud of.

He took control of Intel in 2005, the same year as the FTC antitrust lawsuit took place. The deal was happening years before he became CEO. Does not mean he was responsible for the rebates.
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He took control of Intel in 2005, the same year as the FTC antitrust lawsuit took place. The deal was happening years before he became CEO. Does not mean he was responsible for the rebates.
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But Dell continued to lose share, revenue, and reputation by not shipping the Opteron. On November 4, 2005, then CEO Otellini reported back to colleagues on a call he had received from Michael Dell, Dell's then chairman: "[Michael Dell] opened by saying 'I am tired of losing business'... 'Dell is no longer seen as a thought leader.'" Later that month, Michael Dell emailed his own people writing, "We are losing the hearts, minds and wallets of our best customers."

But Otellini countered Michael Dell's complaints by, according to Otellini's email, reminding him, "We are transferring over $1 billion per year to Dell for [MCP] efforts. This was judged by your team to be more than sufficient to compensate for the competitive issues." When advised in February 2006 that Dell's then CEO Rollins had decided to stay with Intel chips, Otellini emailed a colleague calling Rollins "The best friend money can buy."

http://archive.fortune.com/2009/11/13/technology/intel_settlement_emails.fortune/index.htm

I think it's safe to say that Otellini was very much involved.
 
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While Intel thrived, we should probably ask how and why they thrived.

Spoiler: not according to the rules of fair practice. Not going to take a dump on the dead, but I wouldn't consider his CEO role at Intel something to be proud of.
as a consumer = yeah he might not doing something fair.

but if you are intel share holder, he is the best guy, because he halt the Athlon64 from gaining any share and leading the multi year Intel dominance afterward. IMO he did the best job in the interest of Intel's stock holders.
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“He was the relentless voice of the rich customer in a sea of engineers, and he taught us that we only win when we put the customer over sized walletfirst.”
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as a consumer = yeah he might not doing something fair.

Might? It is crystal clear he manipulated the market.
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but if you are intel share holder, he is the best guy, because he halt the Athlon64 from gaining any share and leading the multi year Intel dominance afterward. IMO he did the best job in the interest of Intel's stock holders.

If their interests include doing illegal practices and that is somewhat considered a job instead of criminal behavior please push the stop button, I'm getting off here.

That said, Otellini let the mobile train pass missing the business of this century and he was retired because of it. He made obscene amounts of money for Intel but left the company running in the wrong direction.
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