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Political Science Alumna Elected President of Intel

Renée James

Intel Corporation announced recently that the board of directors elected UO alum Renée James as its new president.

James, who earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1986 and master’s degree in business administration in 1992 from the UO, began her career with Intel through the company’s acquisition of Bell Technologies.

James 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.

During her 25-year career at Intel, she has spearheaded the company’s strategic expansion into providing proprietary and open source software and services for applications in security, cloud-based computing, and importantly, smartphones. In her most recent role as executive vice president and general manager of the Software and Services Group, she was responsible for Intel’s global software and services strategy, revenue, profit and product R&D.

James will be joined in Intel’s executive office by its next CEO, Brian Krzanich, unanimously elected by the board and succeeding Paul Otellini.

“I look forward to partnering with Renée as we begin a new chapter in Intel’s history,” said Krzanich. “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.”

Intel Corporation is an American multinational semiconductor chip maker corporation headquartered in Santa Clara, California. It is the world’s largest and highest valued semiconductor chip maker, based on revenue.

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