One of Intel's best-known executives, Pat Gelsinger – who has been with the chip giant for 30 years – is leaving the company to take up a senior position at EMC.
Gelsinger, famously nicknamed "Kicking Pat" by The Inquirer founder Mike Magee after he had kicked him under a table at a press briefing, will reportedly take up the position of president and chief operating officer for EMC's information infrastructure product portfolio.
A former chief technology officer and research head at Intel, Gelsinger is currently co-manager of Intel's core digital enterprise group.
He was long tipped as a successor to current Intel CEO Paul Otellini and his departure has now led to speculation on who will fill Otellini's post once he retires. Sean Maloney and Dadi Perlmutter are among pundits' favourite candidates.
Gelsinger is still listed as a keynote speaker at next week's Intel Developer Forum, but the news of his departure could see a reshuffle not only in speaker agendas, but also among Intel's senior executive.