Key Intel executive suffers stroke

Sean Maloney, one of the chipmaker's highest-ranking executives, suffers a stroke and will take a leave of absence.

Sean Maloney, one of Intel's top three executives below CEO Paul Otellini, will take a medical leave of absence after suffering a stroke.

Intel said Monday that Maloney, executive vice president and general manager at the Intel Architecture Group, suffered the stroke at his home.

Sean Maloney, executive vice president
Sean Maloney, executive vice president Intel

"Maloney's prognosis for a full recovery is excellent, and he is expected to resume all of his business responsibilities after a period of recuperation which is thought to be several months," Intel said in a statement. In the interim, Dadi Perlmutter, also an executive vice president and general manager with Maloney at the Intel Architecture Group, will take over Maloney's duties in the interim.

"I visited with Sean and his sense of humor and determination to return to work fill the room," said Otellini in a statement. "We wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to his return."

In September, as part of a major reorganization of the its uppermost management, Maloney, 53, was promoted along with Perlmutter to co-manage the reorganized--and massive--Intel Architecture Group. Maloney, an executive vice president who joined the company in 1982, had been Intel's sales chief, and many observers have viewed him as the odds-on favorite to be Intel's next chief executive.

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