VMware chief executive Pat Gelsinger has publicly turned down the potential position of CEO at Intel, keeping his leadership and software innovation enterprise inside the virtualisation leader following Brian Krzanich's abrupt resignation last week.
After some media outlets said Intel should pursue 30-year Intel veteran Gelsinger to replace Krzanich, VMware's CEO took to Twitter.
— Pat Gelsinger (@PGelsinger) June 22, 2018
Following Gelsinger's tweet on 22 June about declining the potential Intel CEO position, Michael Dell tweeted his own approval of the news to Gelsinger's Twitter account: a cartoon image of a man with a "you're the best" plaque.
— Michael Dell (@MichaelDell) June 22, 2018
Gelsinger spent 30 years at Intel from 1979 to 2009, becoming the company's first ever CTO in 2000. Gelsinger then joined EMC as president and COO for three years before becoming CEO of VMware in 2012.
Last week, Intel CEO Krzanich resigned after the company learned of a prior consensual relationship he had with an employee. The company said an ongoing investigation by internal and external counsel confirmed that Krzanich had violated the company's non-fraternisation policy. The relationship with the employee happened "some time back," and the company was only made aware of it recently.
The company said it has begun a "robust" search for a permanent CEO, which will include consideration for both internal and external candidates. An executive search firm will assist in the process. Intel named chief financial officer Robert Swan as interim CEO, effective immediately.