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Paul Otellini ’68, former Intel CEO and company man for 40 years, dies at 66

Paul Otellini ’68, who led Intel as President starting in 2002 and CEO between 2005 and 2013, died Oct. 2, 2017. He was 66. In all, he had served Intel for 40 years before retiring, and in that time, he helped transform the company and the world with innovative technologies.

Mr. Otellini joined Intel in 1974 after earning a bachelor’s degree in economics from USF and an MBA from Cal’s Haas School of Business. His eight-year term as CEO saw unprecedented growth in the company. Alexis Madrigal in The Atlantic Monthly praised him for leadership that allowed Intel to generate “more revenue during his eight-year tenure as CEO than it did during the rest of the company’s 45-year history. If it weren’t for the Internet bubble-inflated earnings of the year 2000, Mr. Otellini would have presided over the generation of greater profits than his predecessors combined as well.”

For all this, Mr. Otellini eschewed the trappings of power. His cubicle at Intel looked just like everyone else’s workspace, and he wasn’t above returning to SI in 2006 to speak with students in the Wilsey Library. In 2013 he was the speaker at SI’s Downtown Business Lunch and was featured in several stories in Genesis magazine.

Mr. Otellini was born Oct. 12, 1950, in San Francisco to David and Evelyn Otellini, proud second-generation Italian-American city residents, who sent their two sons — Paul and Steven (who would later enter the priesthood) to Holy Name Grammar School. Mr. Otellini later went to USF and Cal, where he received his MBA.

At Intel, he traveled around the world to meet with customers, employees and heads of state. However, it was the daily 100-mile round trip from his home in San Francisco to Santa Clara that attested to his love of the City.

Mr. Otellini served on many boards including those at Google, the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, the Nuclear Threat Initiative, The Fritz Companies and Autodesk. He was involved with several charitable and philanthropic organizations including the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, the San Francisco Symphony and the Knights of Malta.

He is survived by his mother, Evelyn; his wife of 30 years, Sandy; his son, Patrick (Marissa) and daughter Alexis; grandchildren Nico and Mia; and his brother, Rev. Msgr. Steven Otellini of Menlo Park. 

Posted by Mr. Paul J. Totah on Friday December 29, 2017
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