Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)’s top lawyer Bruce Sewell and SVP of Digital Enterprise both stepped down this week. The departures come off as a surprise to the company as Gelsinger was supposed to give a keynote speech at the Intel developer forum and Sewell lead the fight against the EU’s antitrust allegations.
Both Sewell and Gelsinger are joining other major corporation. EMC Corporation hired Gelsinger as the President and COO of information infrastructure products. Sewell is becoming the General Counsel and SVP of Apple Inc.
Since Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini is relatively new to the position, it was uncertain that Gelsinger would have a chance at becoming CEO of Intel. Gelsinger may have a better chance becoming CEO of EMC down the line. Suzan Miller, the Intel deputy general counsel will fill in for Sewell temporarily.
Daniel Cooperman, Apple’s General Counsel and SVP of Legal and Government Affairs is retiring at the end of September which opened up the position for Sewell. ?We are thrilled to have Bruce join our executive team, and wish Dan a very happy retirement,? stated Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a press release. ?With Bruce?s extensive experience in litigation, securities and intellectual property, we expect this to be a seamless transition.?