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January 11, 2022
The longtime leader of Intel’s client computing group, Gregory Bryant, is leaving the company at the end of this month. Replacing Bryant (often called “GB”) as the group’s executive VP, Intel said Monday that it has elevated Michelle Johnston Holthaus.
Bryant, who joined Intel 30 years ago as an electrical engineer, is taking a job elsewhere in the technology industry. He has not elaborated, but stated in an announcement on LinkedIn, that it was a difficult decision to leave Intel.
“Reflecting on my time at Intel, I could have not asked for a better experience,” Bryant noted.
Before leading the company’s client computing group, Bryant held various roles at Intel. He helped launch Intel’s vPro and Evo platforms, served as IT director and led the Asia Pacific and Japan region.
Observers reacted to Bryant’s departure, noting it will be a major loss for Intel. Industry analyst Patrick Moorhead, founder and CEO of Moor Insights and Strategy, wrote on Twitter: “Sad to see GB leave as I think he’s a rock star -gaining unit share.” Moorhead added that Bryant aspires to become a CEO, and that current chief executive Pat Gelsinger will be “in seat” for five years.
“I want to thank GB for his outstanding leadership and 30 years of service at Intel, which has seen five consecutive years of business growth and, most recently, the successful launch of the 12th Gen Intel Core family,” Gelsinger said.
Intel started shipping the first crop of its 12th Gen Core desktop processors last quarter. And just last week, Bryant led Intel’s keynote session during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where the company expanded the 12th Gen Core portfolio. At CES, Intel launched its Core H-series mobile processors, and revealed specs for its forthcoming U- and P-series mobile processors.
“12th Generation Intel Core represents our more our most significant breakthrough in x86 architecture in more than a decade, built on our Intel 7 process node,” Bryant said last week’s presentation at CES.
Gregory Bryant also said that he will “be rooting for the new CCG leader,” Holthaus. Currently, Holthaus is executive VP and general manager for sales and marketing in Intel’s Communications Group.
Intel’s Michelle Johnston Holthaus
Holthaus, a 25-year Intel veteran, is no stranger to the client computing group. Prior to taking on her current role five years ago, Holthaus led global client computing sales. In earlier roles at Intel, she led the Microsoft global account team, managed channel sales and worked in central marketing and operations.
“We have a tremendous opportunity to build on past successes — and even accelerate our pace as we continue to enable our customers and partners to elevate PC experiences,” Holthaus said.
Intel said she will transition to her new role in the coming months as the company recruits a replacement for her current position.
The company also announced that David Zinser, Micron’s chief financial officer, will take over as CFO. Zinser will replace current CFO George Davis, who said last year he would retire this May.
Before serving as Micron’s CFO, Zinser was president and COO at Affirmed Networks. Earlier, Zinser also held roles as CFO at Analog Devices and Intersil Corp.
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Jeffrey Schwartz has covered the IT industry for nearly three decades, most recently as editor-in-chief of Redmond magazine and executive editor of Redmond Channel Partner. Prior to that, he held various editing and writing roles at CommunicationsWeek, InternetWeek and VARBusiness (now CRN) magazines, among other publications.
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