Intel announced a major reorganization Monday that will combine the divisions that design and market chips for PC's and mobile devices.
The move was seen as a powerful illustration of the growing importance of mobile chips, where Intel has not enjoyed the same dominance it has held for 20 years in the market for the microprocessors that power PCs and servers.
Under the plan, most of the company's design and marketing will be placed under the Intel architecture group, a new division led by Sean Maloney, who previously led Intel's sales and marketing efforts, and by Dadi Perlmutter, previously in charge of the company's mobility group.
Manufacturing operations will be headed by Andy Bryant, Intel's chief administrative officer. The changes will allow Intel chief Paul Otellini to focus more time on the company's long-term strategy and drive the company's growth initiative, Intel said.
The Silicon Valley bellwether also announced the departure of veteran executive Pat Gelsinger, who had led the company's research and development initiatives. Gelsinger is joining EMC Corp as president and chief operating officer of information infrastructure
products, the data storage company said Monday.