Intel hands a ‘blank check’ to technology chief Ann Kelleher, hoping she can deliver a turnaround

Technology development chief Ann Kelleher says Intel’s “blank check” for technology development demonstrates its commitment to regaining its innovative edge: “Who’s going to argue with being told you have limitless resources? And it’s said in public. Nobody’s going to argue with that. It’s very empowering in terms of my organization.” (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian)

As Intel digs itself out from years of technological malaise, it’s vowed that the next four generations of microprocessors, still in the lab, will put the company back on the bleeding edge.

CEO Pat Gelsinger has pledged that Intel’s chips will again be the industry’s most advanced by 2025, and in doing so he’s given the company’s engineers and scientists a sense of purpose after years of retreat.

Ann Kelleher

Job: Intel executive vice president, technology development manager

Education: Three degrees from University College Cork, including a Ph.D. in electrical engineering

Career: Joined Intel in 1996 as a process engineer; subsequently managed factories in Ireland, New Mexico and Arizona before taking over leadership of the company’s entire manufacturing group; named head of technology development in 2020 .

Age: 57

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