Pat Gelsinger

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Pat Gelsinger
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Gelsinger in 2017
Patrick Paul Gelsinger

(1961-03-05) March 5, 1961 (age 60)[1]
Alma materSanta Clara University (BS)
Stanford University (MS)
OccupationCEO of Intel Corporation
Known forIntel 80486 architecture
PredecessorBob Swan
Board member of

Patrick Paul Gelsinger (born March 5, 1961)[2][1] is an American business executive and engineer. He is CEO of Intel.[3]

Based mainly in Silicon Valley since the late 1970s, Gelsinger graduated from Stanford University with a master's degree in engineering and designed the Intel 80486 processor in the 1980s. Before returning to Intel, he was CEO of VMware and president and chief operating officer (COO) at EMC.[4][5]

Early life and education[edit]

Gelsinger was raised on family farms by his parents, June and Paul Gelsinger, in rural Robesonia, in an Amish and Mennonite part of Pennsylvania.[6][7] As a teenager, he received the high score on a Lincoln Tech electronics technology test, winning an early-admission scholarship. He then skipped his final year at Conrad Weiser High School and left home at 16 for college. There, he earned the remainder of high school credits for graduation and worked at WFMZ-TV Channel 69 as a technician,[8] while obtaining an associate’s degree from Lincoln Tech in West Orange, New Jersey,[9] in 1979. He moved to Silicon Valley to work at Intel as a quality-control technician, at age 18 in 1979.[7][10][6] While at Intel, he earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, graduating magna cum laude[11] from Santa Clara University in 1983, then a master's degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Stanford University in 1985.[9]


An Intel 486DX2 microprocessor using the 80486 architecture designed by Gelsinger in the 1980s

He spent much of his career with the company in Oregon,[12] where he maintains a home.[13] In 1987, he co-authored his first book about programing the 80386 microprocessor.[14][1] Gelsinger was the lead architect of the 4th generation 80486 processor[1] introduced in 1989.[9] At age 32, he was named the youngest vice president in Intel's history.[7] Mentored by Intel CEO Andrew Grove, Gelsinger became the company's CTO in 2001, leading key technology developments, including Wi-Fi, USB, Intel Core and Intel Xeon processors, and 14 chip projects.[2][15] He launched the Intel Developer Forum conference as a counterpart to Microsoft's WinHEC.

In September 2009, he left Intel to join EMC as president and chief operating officer.[15] In 2012, he became the CEO of VMware.[2]

Gelsinger rejoined Intel as their new CEO on February 15, 2021.[16][3] This followed reorganization pressure, due to languishing share prices, from its newest activist investor Third Point Management. Gelsinger leads Intel’s course correction, including construction of two $20 billion Arizona manufacturing plants (fabs) for its planned expansion.[17][18][19][20] Media reported positive responses to Gelsinger's appointment and credited the decision for driving Intel share prices up nearly 8%.[21][22] On March 23, 2021, Intel shares rose over 6% following Gelsinger’s remarks regarding company strategy.[23]

In May 2021, Gelsinger was interviewed by Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes. Gelsinger stated that Intel plans to catch up with Taiwanese chip manufacturer TSMC and Korean chip manufacturer Samsung within the next five years. He announced a planned three and a half-billion dollar upgrade to Intel's fab in New Mexico.[24]

He was named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2008 and serves as a director of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). He is a member of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC).[11]

Gelsinger holds eight design patents, developed for communications, computer architecture and VLSI design.[11][1]

Personal life[edit]

Gelsinger and his wife, Linda,[7] are Christians[25] who "support multiple worthy causes", including sponsorship of disaster relief medical teams.[13] In 2013, Gelsinger co-founded Transforming the Bay with Christ (TBC), a coalition of business leaders, venture capitalists, non-profit leaders and pastors that aims to convert one million people over the next decade.[26][27] He helped establish the Sacramento area William Jessup Christian University, and was identified in Money, Inc magazine in 2018 as "among the most generous billionaires in the world."[13]


  • Crawford, John H.; Gelsinger, Patrick P. (1987). Programming the 80386. Sybex Inc. ISBN 978-0-89588-381-0. LCCN 87061199.
  • Gelsinger, Pat (2003). Balancing Your Family, Faith & Work. David C. Cook. ISBN 978-0781438995.
  • Gelsinger, Pat (2008). The Juggling Act: Bringing Balance to Your Faith, Family, and Work. David C. Cook. ISBN 978-1434768742.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Pat Gelsinger A journey back home" (PDF). Intel Newsroom. Intel Corporation. Retrieved March 15, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b c "Board of Directors Patrick Gelsinger". Semiconductor Industry Association. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  3. ^ a b Fitch, Asa (13 January 2021). "Intel Ousts CEO Bob Swan". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  4. ^ Jordan Valinsky and Clare Duffy. "Intel ousts CEO and names successor". CNN. Retrieved 2021-01-14.
  5. ^ "Note from Pat Gelsinger to Intel". Intel Newsroom. Retrieved 2021-01-14.
  6. ^ a b Brock, David C.; Fairbairn, Doug (January 9, 2019). "Oral History of Pat Gelsinger" (PDF). Retrieved August 31, 2021.
  7. ^ a b c d SAVIDGE, MARIELLA (January 23, 2000). "BERKS NATIVE MADE IT BIG WITH INTEL PATRICK P. GELSINGER WAS ARCHITECT OF CHIPMAKER'S 486 PROCESSOR". The Morning Call. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  8. ^ Anthes, Gary (June 5, 2008). "The Grill: Intel's Patrick Gelsinger on the hot seat". Computer World. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  9. ^ a b c Pressman, Aaron (13 January 2021). "Who is Intel's new CEO, Pat Gelsinger". Fortune. Retrieved 15 January 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Karlgaard, Rich. "Serial Bloomer: Pat Gelsinger". Forbes.
  11. ^ a b c "Pat Gelsinger CEO, VMware". Export-Import Bank of the United States. Retrieved 29 August 2021.
  12. ^ Rogoway, Mike (February 14, 2021). "With new CEO Pat Gelsinger, Intel looks to its past in hopes of securing the future". Oregon Live. The Oregonian. Retrieved August 31, 2021.
  13. ^ a b c Parker, Garrett (January 12, 2018). "10 Things You Didn't Know About Pat Gelsinger". Money, Inc. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  14. ^ Crawford, John H.; Gelsinger, Patrick P. (1987). Programming the 80386. Sybex Inc. ISBN 978-0-89588-381-0. LCCN 87061199.
  15. ^ a b "Executive shuffle at Intel: Pat Gelsinger leaves to join EMC". The Mercury News. 2009-09-14. Retrieved 2019-08-06.
  16. ^ "Intel Appoints Tech Industry Leader Pat Gelsinger as New CEO". Intel. 2021-01-13.
  17. ^ Smith, Ryan (March 17, 2021). "Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger To Host Webcast About Intel's Future On March 23rd". AnandTech. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  18. ^ Martin, Dylan (July 23, 2021). "Gelsinger: Intel Will Expand Manufacturing, Make Chips For Others". CRN MAGAZINE. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  19. ^ DELL INCORPORATED (October 12, 2015). "EMC Corporation". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  20. ^ Kelion, Leo (March 24, 2021). "Intel chief Pat Gelsinger: Too many chips made in Asia". BBC. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  21. ^ "Intel, Under Pressure to Rethink Its Business, Ousts Its Chief Executive". The New York Times. January 13, 2021. Retrieved September 1, 2021.
  22. ^ Cherney, Max A. "All the Problems Pat Gelsinger Faces as Intel's Next CEO". Barron's. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  23. ^ Leswing, Kif (March 23, 2021). "'Intel is back:' New CEO's plan to make chips for other companies excites investors". CNBC. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  24. ^ "Chip shortage highlights U.S. dependence on fragile supply chain". CBS News. May 2, 2021. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  25. ^ Karlsgaard, Rich. "Serial Bloomer: Pat Gelsinger". Fortune. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  26. ^ Klett, Leah MarieAnn. "Christianity in Silicon Valley: Meet the movement transforming the San Francisco Bay area with Christ". The Christian Post. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  27. ^ Brigham, Katie (2018-11-10). "Religious leaders are trying to get more Bay Area residents to church — and they're using tech marketing tactics in their quest". CNBC. Retrieved 2020-12-22.

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