Intel hires former Qualcomm exec to head new group

Intel has chosen Venkata “Murthy” Renduchintala, previously co-president of Qualcomm’s mobile chip division, to run a newly created group that encompasses its PC, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and software businesses.

Renduchintala will become president of Intel’s new Client and Internet of Things Businesses and Systems Architecture Group, reporting to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. This new role is tasked with running various organisations within Intel, including its platform engineering, client computing, IoT, software and services, and design tools and technology groups. While with Qualcomm, Renduchintala was responsible for overseeing its semiconductor business.

451451 Research Senior VP Wally Swain commented: “I hope he gets paid by the number of words in his title. This takes the prize for the longest job title of the year. I also hope he has a ‘short version’ like ‘IoT Evangelist’ or something to put on immigration forms and other bureaucratic instruments that may devote limited resources to the title block.

Seriously though, what better breeding ground for an IoT leader than Qualcomm? Not only is the San Diego-based company Intel’s sworn enemy but it has invested considerable R&D in IoT long-before IoT was fashionable. Renduchintala has probably forgotten more about IoT than most Intel VP’s know and he can make an important contribution to his new employer without risking confidentiality rules.Qualcomm-Logo.8.15

IoT is top of the strategic imperatives list with mobile operators and so with equipment and device manufacturers, Intel’s target market. We will continue to see high-profile executive announcements like this as all vendors shift to capture their share of the opportunity.”

The author is Wally Swain, SVP of 451 Research.

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