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Intel shakeup gives EMC a longtime chip exec

The two tech titans are reshuffling their top ranks, with chip bigwig Pat Gelsinger headed from Intel to storage specialist EMC.

Intel has reorganized its upper management, and one executive, Pat Gelsinger, is taking a new high-profile role at storage and software company EMC, the companies announced Monday.

Gelsinger, 48, had been a major figure at Intel, where he worked for 30 years. Among his roles: chief architect of a flagship chip from the 1990s, the 486 that followed the 386 and preceded the Pentium; the company's first chief technology officer; and most recently co-general manager of the Digital Enterprise Group, which brought in more than half of the chipmaker's revenue selling chips for servers and business PCs.

Pat Gelsinger speaking in 2007
Pat Gelsinger speaking in 2007 Stephen Shankland/CNET

At EMC, Gelsinger will be president and chief operating officer of the Information Infrastructure Products group, reporting to Chief Executive Joe Tucci and overseeing the company's businesses in storage, security, content management and archiving, and IT management.

"The technology industry has undergone almost incomprehensible change over the last three decades since I entered it," Gelsinger said in a statement. "The rate and pace of change and challenge is not abating in the slightest. EMC is extremely well positioned to play a pivotal role in the IT industry for decades to come, and I am privileged to join Joe and his EMC leadership team in that endeavor."

At Intel, all major product divisions now are part of the new Intel Architecture Group led by two executive vice presidents, Sean Maloney and Dadi Perlmutter. Maloney will lead business and operations; Perlmutter will oversee product development. Maloney had been head of sales, a role now filled by Tom Kilroy, who previously was the other co-manager of the Digital Enterprise Group along with Gelsinger.

"In making the changes, Paul Otellini, Intel's chief executive, will devote a higher quotient of his time to corporate strategy and driving the company's growth initiatives," Intel said in a statement.

In addition, the Technology and Manufacturing Group now will report to Chief Administrative Officer Andy Bryant, freeing Chief Executive Paul Otellini for more strategic work. That group's leadership under Bob Baker, Bill Holt, and Brian Krzanich is unchanged, Intel said.

Intel's general counsel, Bruce Sewell, also is leaving the company. Deputy General Counsel Suzan Miller is now interim general counsel, Intel said.

"We thank Pat and Bruce for many years of service to Intel and wish them well in their future endeavors," Otellini said in a statement.

Gelsinger's arrival isn't the only change at EMC. In addition, Howard Elias, 52, is now president and chief operating officer of EMC's Information Infrastructure and Cloud Services group. Previously he'd been president of the company's global services work and its Ionix IT management group.

In addition, EMC announced Monday that Tucci told the company's board of directors he plans to remain chairman and CEO through 2012.

The New York Times had reported Gelsinger's departure and the Intel reorganization, while The Wall Street Journal had reported his arrival at EMC.