Intel Corp. Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich has persuaded mobile-unit leader Aicha Evans to withdraw her resignation and stay at the chipmaker, people familiar with the matter said.
Evans, who had handed in her notice as of earlier this month, has told colleagues she’s staying, and Krzanich informed staff at an internal meeting that she isn’t leaving the company, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter hasn’t been made public. A company representative declined to comment, and Evans didn’t respond to requests for comment.
Evans’s change of heart is a win for Krzanich. He avoids losing another longtime senior executive as two others leave Intel and as the company embarks on its biggest staff reduction in about a decade. As the CEO pushes his company to be more inclusive in its hiring practices, he’s also retaining the highest-profile black female executive in the chip industry.
Evans has been head of Intel’s troubled mobile-chip unit for less than a year. She succeeded other executives in that division who for years had failed to parlay the company’s dominance in personal-computer processors into a foothold in the faster-growing market for smartphone chips.
The report of her resignation had sparked concern that a breakthrough for the unit -- chip orders from Apple Inc., according to analysts’ speculation -- was in jeopardy. On Wednesday, Intel rival Qualcomm Inc. indicated it is bracing for the loss of some business at Apple, rekindling optimism that Intel will win some of the iPhone business.