Intel Corporation announced Thursday that the board of directors has unanimously elected Brian Krzanich as its next chief executive officer (CEO), succeeding Paul Otellini.

Krzanich, the company's Chief Operating Officer, will assume his new role at the company’s annual stockholders’ meeting on May 16. He ihas progressed through a series of technical and leadership roles since joining the company in 1982.

Krzanich, 52, will become the sixth CEO in Intel’s history.

“I am deeply honored by the opportunity to lead Intel,” Krzanich said in a prepared statement. “We have amazing assets, tremendous talent, and an unmatched legacy of innovation and execution. I look forward to working with our leadership team and employees worldwide to continue our proud legacy, while moving even faster into ultra-mobility, to lead Intel into the next era.”

As previously announced, Otellini will step down as CEO and from the board of directors on May 16.

“After a thorough and deliberate selection process, the board of directors is delighted that Krzanich will lead Intel as we define and invent the next generation of technology that will shape the future of computing,” Andy Bryant, chairman of Intel, said in the statement. “Brian is a strong leader with a passion for technology and deep understanding of the busines.”

The board of directors elected Renée James, 48, to be president of Intel. She will also assume her new role on May 16.

"I look forward to partnering with Renée as we begin a new chapter in Intel’s history," Krzanich said. "Her deep understanding and vision for the future of computing architecture, combined with her broad experience running product R&D and one of the world’s largest software organizations, are extraordinary assets for Intel.”

As chief operating officer, Krzanich led an organization of more than 50,000 employees spanning Intel’s Technology and Manufacturing Group, Intel Custom Foundry, NAND Solutions group, Human Resources, Information Technology and Intel’s China strategy.

James, 48, has broad knowledge of the computing industry, spanning hardware, security, software and services, which she developed through leadership positions at Intel and as chairman of Intel’s software subsidiaries -- Havok, McAfee and Wind River. She also currently serves on the board of directors of Vodafone Group Plc and VMware Inc. and was chief of staff for former Intel CEO Andy Grove.

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