CHIPMAKER Intel has announced that Sean Maloney, most recently the firm's top man in China, will retire next year after 30 years with the company.
Maloney had been working for the past year on Intel's efforts in China, arguably the most important market for the chipmaker, before which he was the GM of the firm's Architecture Group and prior to that the Communications Group. Maloney's retirement comes 30 months after he suffered a stroke from which he recovered to continue working at the firm.
Intel CEO Paul Otellini said of Maloney, "In the 1990s he identified the impact Asia would have as a technology market as well as an innovation hub for the industry, and last year he unveiled Intel's efforts to re-invent computing with Ultrabook devices. He leaves a major mark on Intel and the industry, and I wish Sean and his family well as they move on to the next chapter in his life."
Maloney worked under Otellini's predecessor Andy Grove and has, on and off for the past 18 years, been based in Asia overseeing the firm's interests in what has become the key volume territory for just about every technology firm.
He said, "I am very proud of my 30 years at Intel. Through those years I've had the honour of working with some of the most brilliant minds in the world, from Andy Grove to Paul Otellini, and on the most cutting-edge technology. I worked on three continents and saw the world as a representative of Intel. I saw first hand the astonishing growth and potential of China and the Asian region."
Maloney will leave his final post of executive VP and chairman of Intel China in January. µ