Intel To Create New Units For Software and HPU, Makes Important Organizational Changes 

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Rivera, McKeown, Lavender and Koduri will report directly to Pat Gelsinger

The US chipmaker said in a release that it would create two new business units that would focus separately on software and high-performance computing (HPU) and graphics.. 

Current Intel executives Sandra Rivera and Raja Koduri will each take on new senior leadership roles, and technology industry veterans Nick McKeown and Greg Lavender will join the company.

‘Organizational Changes to Strengthen Execution, Innovation in Critical Business Areas’

Rivera, who currently serves as the company’s Chief People Officer, will take on a new role as executive vice president and general manager of Datacenter and AI. Rivera will lead this organization’s focus on developing leadership data center products for a cloud-based world, including Intel Xeon and field programmable gate array (FPGA) products. She will also drive the company’s overall artificial intelligence (AI) strategy, the company said. 

Rivera has a deep history in data center technology and a track record of integrating Intel’s silicon and software portfolios to drive customer value. Prior to her role serving as Intel’s chief people officer, she led Intel’s Network Platforms Group.

Koduri will lead the new Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics Group unit that will increase the company’s focus in the key growth areas of high performance computing and graphics, the company said. Koduri previously served as Intel’s general manager of Architecture, Graphics and Software. 

McKeown was previously a part-time Intel Senior Fellow who joined the company with its 2019 acquisition of Barefoot Networks, which he co-founded. The company said that he will join Intel full-time on July 6 as senior vice president and general manager of a new Network and Edge Group. This brings Intel’s Network Platforms Group, Internet of Things Group and Connectivity Group into a single business unit 

Lavender, who recently served as senior vice president and CTO of VMware, has joined Intel as chief technology officer (CTO) and senior vice president and general manager of the new Software and Advanced Technology Group. 

Commenting on the organizational structure development, CEO Pat Gelsinger said,  “By putting Sandra, Raja, Nick and Greg – with their decades of technology expertise – at the forefront of some of our most essential work, we will sharpen our focus and execution, accelerate innovation, and unleash the deep well of talent across the company.”

Rivera, McKeown, Lavender and Koduri will report directly to Pat Gelsinger. 

Navin Shenoy, who has been serving as executive vice president and general manager of the Data Platforms Group, will assist with the transition and leave Intel on July 6.

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