Three out as Intel shakes up its executive leadership

April 5, 2016 // 10:24 a.m.

Tags: #aicha-evans #doug-davis #executive #kirk-skaugen

Intel has confirmed two of three major executive departures in what appears to be a serious shake-up at the company: Kirk Skaugen, Doug Davis, and Aicha Evans.

Senior vice president of Intel's Client Computing Group - desktops, laptops, and convertibles, in short - Kirk Skaugen has worn several hats since joining the company in 1992. Prior to his last role, Skaugen ran the Data Centre and Connected Systems Group, but his career at the chip maker is now at a close as he searches for what the company describes as 'his next career opportunity.' Skaugen is to leave the company on the 8th of April, and will be replaced by Navin Shenoy who joins Intel's management committee for the first time.

Doug Davis' career with Intel stretches back to 1984, during which time he has held various leadership roles. His most recent role is the leader of the company's Internet of Things (IoT) Group, Intel's attempt to win a chunk of the burgeoning market away from rivals like ARM and Atmel, under which the division has enjoyed considerable growth. Davis' departure, Intel has explained, takes the form of retirement, something he is claimed to have been considering for some time, in order to 'devote more of his time to family, friends, and other interests.' Davis is to stay in his current role until a successor is named and a transition plan put in place.

Finally, Aicha Evans, who joined the company in 1996, is to leave the company less than a year after taking on leadership of the company's now-merged mobile processor division. Thanks to an extremely late entry into the market, something over which Intel's leadership has repeatedly express regret, the company has struggled to compete with mobile industry leader ARM and its multitudinous licensees - so much so, in fact, that the company recently merged its mobile and mainstream divisions to better disguise the massive losses its group was making in its financial reports. Evans' departure, reported by Bloomberg, is the only one of the three on which Intel has refused to comment.
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