Intel shuffles its executives and puts two on the CEO succession path

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A day after reporting record annual results, Intel announced today some management changes that clarify who might eventually succeed current chief executive Paul Otellini (pictured).

Two executives appear to be on the path toward more important roles in the future. Brian Krzanich, senior vice president in charge of worldwide manufacturing, has been named chief operating officer, reporting to Otellini. Krzanich will oversee manufacturing, information technology, and human resources. It seems like both would be in the running to eventually replace Otellini as head of the world’s biggest chip maker.

Dadi Perlmutter, head of the Intel Architecture Group, has also been named the chief product officer.

As previously announced, vice chairman Andy Bryant will become executive chairman starting with the annual meeting in May. Chief financial officer, who previously reported to Bryant (the former CFO), will now report to Otellini. Bill Holt, senior vice president and head of technology development, will also now report to Otellini rather than Bryant.

Kirk Skaugen, vice president and head of Intel’s data center business, will be chief of the PC Client Group. He takes over from Mooly Eden, who is moving back to Israel at his own request. Eden is going to be president and general manager of Intel Israel, where the company designs many of its microprocessors.

Diane Bryant, vice president and CIO, will take over the data center business from Skaugen. Kim Stevenson, vice president of IT global operations and services, will succeed Bryant as CIO. She will report to Krzanich.