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Barrett: A telecommuting CEO

Craig Barrett will be a telecommuter when he becomes Intel's chief executive in May--not from home, but from an office he keeps in Chandler, Arizona.

From time to time, Craig Barrett will be a telecommuter when he becomes Intel's chief executive in May--not from home, but from an office he keeps in Chandler, Arizona.

It is another example technology's role in reshaping the way people work, even CEOs of Fortune 50 companies.

Barrett, 58, will not relocate to Intel's hometown of Silicon Valley to take the job; he'll keep his home in Arizona and work from an office there, at least part of the time, according to Intel executives. Chandler, outside of Phoenix, is home to a sizable Intel complex. In Arizona, Barrett's wife, Barbara, has been active in Republican politics, including running in the governor's race.

The rest of the time Barrett will work out See special coverage: 
Intel's changing of the guard of Intel's headquarters in Silicon Valley, where he has an apartment. Nowadays Barrett works at Intel's Santa Clara offices about three days a week, according to company insiders.

Keeping a dual office is unusual for a CEO of such a large company, but phones, high-speed Net access lines, and teleconferencing all make it possible.

The number of telecommuters in the United States has nearly tripled, to 11 million last year from 4 million in 1990, according to a survey by FIND/SVP, a market research firm. It projects that there will be about 14 million telecommuters by 2000.

One thing won't change when Barrett takes the job: Like Grove and other coworkers, he occupies an eight-foot-by-nine-foot cubicle. (Intel's Web site offers Netizens a "virtual tour" of Grove's cubicle; it was unclear whether that will occur with Barrett). "We'll take that under consideration," a spokesman said.