Mr. Krzanich, who is the company’s chief operating officer is an expert in running big chip factories. On May 16 he will become Intel’s sixth chief executive, succeeding Paul S. Otellini–62, who unexpectedly announced his retirement last November. Intel also promoted Renee James, the 48-year-old chief of the company’s software division, to president.

Krzanich served as the Chief Operating Officer of Intel Corporation since January 20, 2012, and its Executive Vice President since November 2012. Mr. Krzanich served as a Senior Vice President of Intel Corporation from January 2010 to November 2012 and its General Manager of Manufacturing & Supply Chain until January 20, 2012 and also served as its Head of Worldwide Manufacturing.

He was responsible for all aspects of Intel’s factories and operations worldwide. He served as Vice President of Intel Corp. from December 2005 to January 2010. Mr. Krzanich served as General Manager of Manufacturing and Supply Chain of Intel Corp. Mr. Krzanich was responsible for all aspects of Intel’s assembly and test operations worldwide. Mr. Krzanich served as General Manager of Assembly/Test of Intel Corp. He joined Intel in 1982. Since 2001, Mr. Krzanich has been responsible for the implementation of the 0.13-micron logic process technology across Intel’s global factory network. From 1997 to 2001, Krzanich served as the Fab 17 plant manager, where he oversaw integrating Digital Equipment Corporation’s semiconductor manufacturing operations into Intel’s manufacturing network. The assignment included building updated facilities as well as initiating and ramping 0.18-micron and 0.13-micron process technologies. From 1996 to 1997, Mr. Krzanich was the Fab 6 plant manager in Arizona. From 1994 to 1996, he was a manufacturing manager for Fab 12 in Arizona. Previously, he was a process engineer at various Intel locations. He serves as a Director of MiaSole, Inc. Mr. Krzanich was presented an Intel Achievement Award in 1999. He holds one patent for semiconductor processing. Mr. Krzanich studied bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from San Jose State University in 1982.

The Intel board of directors has elected Brian Krzanich, 52, as Intel's next chief executive officer and elected Renée James, 48, as Intel's next president.

The Intel board of directors has elected Brian Krzanich, 52, as Intel’s next chief executive officer and elected Renée James, 48, as Intel’s next president.

Mr. Krzanich was one of several internal candidates who made their final pitches to Intel’s board last weekend. Ms. James was also vying for the job, and Mr. Krzanich said the two had privately discussed working together, no matter who became chief executive. In this day an age most CEOs are tapped to lead a company of this sort; how odd must it have been to actually interview and say you’re qualified enough to lead a corporation of such a stature.

With his deep background in chip production it is speculated that Krzanich will push Intel to new depths as a major player in the chip production market. While we have come to know “intel. inside” we should anticipate that Intel will find new ways to integrate their chips into processing devices on multiple platforms.

If successful, Mr. Krzanich will create an Intel markedly different from the past.