A few days later, he got a surprise call from Mr. Grove. The Hungarian-born executive, president of Intel, who later wrote the management book “Only the Paranoid Survival”, created a culture where lower-level employees were encouraged to challenge their superiors if they could justify their position. Mr. Grove began to guide Mr. Gelsinger, a relationship that lasted three decades.
By 1986, Mr. Grove assured Mr. Gelsinger did not pursue a doctorate at Stanford University and instead became the leader of a team of 100 people designing Intel’s 80486 microprocessors, at the age of 24. Mr. Gelsinger eventually obtained eight patents, becoming Intel’s youngest vice president in 1992 and the first person to become chief technology officer in 2001.
His ascent to the Intel ladder was shaped by another priority: his confidence.
Although raised in the mainstream of Christ, Mr. Gelsinger said he did not become a true Christian until he attended a non-denominational church in Silicon Valley where he met Linda Fortune, who later became his wife. It was in that church in 1980 that he heard the minister’s quote Revelation.
After Mr. Gelsinger became a reborn Christian, wrestling privately over whether to join the clergy. In a 2019 oral history conducted by the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, he said he finally decided to become a “workplace minister,” where “you really consider yourself working for God as your CEO, even if you work for Intel.” Is. “
In the mid-2000s, Mr. Gelsinger’s footsteps changed at Intel. Mr. Grove retired as chairman of the board in 2004. Another executive, Paul Otellini, was appointed chief executive in 2005. Gelsinger said he was a “disgruntled voice” on Intel’s senior executive team.
Mr. Otellini forced him to leave, Mr. Gelsinger said. (Mr. Otellini died in 2017.) In 2009, Mr. Otellini. Gelsinger accepted the offer to be the maker of data storage gear, president and chief operating officer of EMC.
Leaving Intel after 30 years as a company man hurts badly. “I was very angry and emotional about leaving,” said Mr. Gelsinger said.