Dr. Craig Barrett leaving Intel after 35 years, retiring in May

Posted by Rick C. Hodgin

Santa Clara (CA) - Dr. Craig Barrett joined Intel in 1974. During his time there, he's moved up through the ranks starting at technology development manager, then VP, Senior VP, Executive VP, COO, President, CEO from 1998 through 2005, and finally Chairman of the Board since. Barrett, now 25,350 days old (69.4 years), is looking to change all of that. Intel announced today he will be retiring in May after 35 years of service to the company.





Recently, Barrett has been active in the World Ahead Program - an Intel effort designed to bring information technology to emerging economies. He's also been involved with issues like education, health care and the U.S.'s competitiveness in a global market.



Between 1957 and 1964, Barrett earned his Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D. in Materials Science from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. After graduating, he joined the faculty at Stanford in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering where he remained until 1974 when he joined Intel as a technology development manager.



He late became Vice President in 1984, Senior Vice President in 1987 and Executive Vice President in 1990. He was elected to Intel's Board of Directors in 1992, was named COO in 1993, President in 1997, and CEO in 1998. He finally arrived at Chairman of the Board in 2005, where he has remained since.



During his time at Intel, Barrett worked with "industry legends" like Bob Noyce, Gordon Moore and Andy Grove. Barrett has seen Intel's microprocessors move from the 4004 (with its hand-created 29,000 transistors), to 8008, to 8080, to 8086, 80286, 80386, 80486, Pentium, Pentium II, Pentium III, Pentium 4, Core, Core 2 and now Core i7 and Atom.



Paul Otellini, Intel's current president and CEO said:

"I want to thank Craig for his 35 years of tireless efforts on behalf of Intel. His legacy spans the creation of the best semiconductor manufacturing machine in the world, leading Intel for seven years as we emerged into a global powerhouse, and most recently as our industry's senior statesman and ambassador who has advocated the benefits of education and technology as forces for positive change. He has been my colleague, supervisor, mentor and friend for these 35 years. I wish him the very best as he moves on to the next chapter in his life."



Dr. Barrett himself had this to say:
"Intel became the world's largest and most successful semiconductor company in 1992 [the year he was promoted to COO] and has maintained that position ever since. I'm extremely proud to have helped achieve that accomplishment and to have the honor of working with tens of thousands of Intel employees who every day put their talents to use to make Intel one of the premier technology companies in the world. I have every confidence that Intel will continue this leadership under the direction of Paul Otellini and his management team."



Dr. Barrett is currently chair of the U.N. Global Alliance for Information and Communications Technology and Development. He will be very missed at Intel.



See Intel's press release, Dr. Craig R. Barrett's biography and even his Wikipedia page.