Intel appoints first ever CTO

Intel named its first ever chief technology officer (CTO) Tuesday, promoting long-time executive Pat Gelsinger to the position where he can better coordinate the vendor's strategy in all of its technology areas.

Gelsinger had served as CTO of the Intel Architecture Group but will now oversee long-term research in the company's computing, networks and communication technology businesses. He will report directly to Craig Barrett, Intel's president and chief executive officer, said Robert Manetta, an Intel spokesman.

"As there is more convergence between computing and digital communication there needs to be coordination across the company," Manetta said. "You need to figure out how all of this stuff will work together."

Gelsinger started working for Intel in 1979 and has headed up the development of some of the company's better-known products such as the 486 and Pentium Pro processor families. He will now oversee everything from Pentium processors to the silicon Intel puts in handheld devices, routers and servers.

Intel will launch an organization called the Corporate Technology Group that will watch over research activities for the vendor. Gelsinger, 40, will head this group.

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