EE Times Staff
11/20/2012 12:01 AM EST
SAN JOSE, Calif. – For 45 years, Intel Corp.’s succession plan has been so orderly it was boring. With this week’s unexpected announcement that Paul Otellini will step down in May as CEO, the field to replace Otellin is wide open with a strong possibility of the first chief executive coming from outside the company.
Speculation about Intel’s next CEO cover the waterfront with the least predictable being the most likely. At this stage in its history, some think Intel needs its Lou Gerstner, a savvy star-CEO from outside its industry who can shake up the chip maker’s model and get ahead of a rapidly changing industry.
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