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|Patrick P. Gelsinger|
|Occupation||CEO VMware, formerly President and COO, EMC Corporation; CTO, Intel; Senior VP and General Manager, Intel Digital Enterprise Group|
|Years active||1979 - present|
|Known for||i486 microprocessors|
|Children||4 – Elizabeth, Josiah, Nathan, Micah|
Patrick P. Gelsinger is the Chief Executive Officer at VMware. Before joining VMware he was the President and Chief Operating Officer at EMC Corporation. Earlier in his career, he was the first Chief Technology Officer of Intel Corporation and Senior Vice-president and General Manager of the Digital Enterprise Group at Intel.
Gelsinger holds an AA degree from Lincoln Technical Institute (1979), a B.S. magna cum laude from Santa Clara University (1983), and an M.S. from Stanford University (1985). Both degrees are in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He was also given an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from William Jessup University (2008).
Gelsinger began his career at Intel as a Quality and Assurance Technician working on a variety of microprocessor and chipset components. Later, he held the positions of Director of the Platform Architecture Group, manager of CAD methodologies, and key contributor on the original i386 and i286 chip design teams. His promotion to Group Vice President in 1991 at age 32 made him the youngest vice president in the history of the company.
From 1986 to 1989 Gelsinger was Design Manager of the i486 microprocessor families. He was recognized as PC Magazine “Person of the Year” for his leadership and contribution to this effort. Before being elevated to design manager, he was the first engineer on the project and the original architect of the 80486 development effort. He designed the 80486 pipeline, the first x86-compatible pipelined machine design. The basic in-order machine pipeline he invented remains in use to this day.
From 1989 to 1992, Gelsinger was General Manager of the division responsible for the Pentium Pro, IntelDX2, and Intel486 microprocessor families. During this period he led the creation of the Pentium Pro architecture including key innovations including native multi-processing, backside cache, and dynamic execution. He also drove the 80486 DX2 and the Intel486 compaction onto .25u process technology into mass volume production.
From 1992 to 1996, Gelsinger was instrumental in beginning Intel’s efforts in internet communication products. He led defining and delivering video and audio codec technology and standards in support of the Intel ProShare video conferencing product line as well as launching the first, standards-based internet telephony product in the industry.
From 1996 to April 2000 Gelsinger ran the desktop product group responsible for all desktop CPUs, chipsets and motherboards for Intel desktop product offerings and the largest revenue business for the company. During this period of time he launched the Intel Developer Forum as a counterpart to Microsoft's WinHEC. The forum is held in the spring and fall in the U.S. and multiple locations internationally. It has grown in size and reputation and is broadly regarded as the preeminent technology conference in the computer and communications industry.
From 2000 to 2001 Gelsinger was the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the Intel Architecture Group, the largest business unit the company responsible for mobile, desktop and server platforms. From this position he managed the largest lab and advanced development organization for the company. He drove R+D programs in numerous software and hardware technologies including advanced circuits, signaling, and software. He was responsible for driving key strategies in power reduction, hyper-threading and trusted platforms. In this role he launched key standard efforts covering memory interfaces, processor interconnect, processor extensions and input/output interfaces for most aspects of the IA architecture in mobile, desktop and servers.
From 2001 to 2005, Gelsinger was Senior Corporate Vice-President and the Chief Technology Office for Intel Corporation. In this capacity he was responsible for the Long Term Technology and Research directions for the corporation. He was also responsible for driving the technology alignment across the various Intel product divisions. He drove standards and industry alignment through a variety of standards efforts and industry activities including the highly successful bi-annual Intel Develop Forum. Gelsinger was named CTO in September 2001, the first person in the history of the company to receive this title. During his leadership he drove Intel’s thrust into wireless, including Wi-Fi, WiMAX, UWB and CMOS-based radios (overall strategy known as Radio Free Intel). He also drove the efforts in Sensor networks including key technologies like Motes and TinyOS. He also drove low power systems technologies, including the launch of low-power IA architecture programs that today have been realized in the in Intel Atom processor family. He was heavily involved in key standards efforts including TCPA/TCG and the Trusted Platform Module, PCI Express, Home networking including DLNA, Content Protection technologies such as DTCP. He is also well known for his ground-breaking efforts in Energy Efficient Computing, which, when launched in 2001 were contrary to the industry direction. He was also quite active in Broadband Policy setting in place the policy framework used by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) now known as Net neutrality.
From 2005 to 2009, Gelsinger was a Senior Corporate Vice-President and the general manager for the Digital Enterprise Group at Intel. In this role he led the single largest business group for Intel with over 12,000 employees and over $20B of Revenue. This group includes Intel’s enterprise products including clients (PCs), Servers (Xeon and Itanium), communications (Embedded and IXP), Visualization and Storage Products. In this capacity he was leading a large portion of Intel’s product development and Intel’s turnaround in the enterprise market. Efforts such as Intel’s leadership in bringing vPro and CentrinoPro platform to market, restoring leadership in Xeon Products, First quad-core products to market and leading thrust in visualization are direct results of his efforts. Under his leadership, Intel is generally recognized as having restored leadership in all portions of its product line.
Gelsinger and his wife Linda have four children: Elizabeth, Josiah, Nathan and Micah. Gelsinger has served as an Elder at Singing Hills Christian Church in Hillsboro, Oregon from 1996 to 2005.Now, Elizabeth is working in Shanghai, as a teacher in SMIC private school. For 16 years he led a weekly home Bible Study and periodically is an Adult Sunday School Teacher at Singing Hills. He speaks periodically on the subject of being a Christian in the workplace and prioritizing career, family and spiritual demands both in the US and internationally.
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