Intel executive Andy Grove, RIP

Editor’s note: I interviewed Andy Grove on numerous occasions. May he rest in peace.

“Legendary Intel executive Andy Grove, who transformed the company into a chip-making powerhouse and helped drive the personal computer boom, has died. He was 79,” as CNN is reporting.

“Although Grove wasn’t technically a founding member of Intel (Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce were the company’s two co-founders), he was present at the company’s incorporation in 1968. He went on to become Intel’s president in 1979, CEO in 1987 and chairman from 1997 to 2005.

“Grove was central to the company’s decision to shift its focus from memory to processor chips. Under Grove’s leadership, the famous ‘Intel Inside’ slogan was born, becoming a staple of personal computing during the PC boom of the 1990s. Intel’s sales grew 13-fold during his tenure as CEO, from nearly $2 billion to $26 billion.

“During his time at Intel (INTC, Tech30), Grove became a legendary figure in the technology world. Though not quite a household name like Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, Grove has a big claim on making PCs ubiquitous.”

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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