Intel's Too-Modest Proposal for Its New CEO

Brian Krzanich at a roundtable meeting titled "Insourcing American Jobs" in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., in 2012 Photograph by Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

Historically, Intel has handled leadership turnover with the same precision it applies to making intricate transistors. Not this time: Since outgoing Chief Executive Paul Otellini announced last November that he was planning to retire, the company seemed out of sorts as it struggled to find a successor. As the months ticked by, Intel turned to committees and consultants for guidance and started to look outright hapless.

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