IDG Contributor Network: Intel’s turnaround is showing strong potential

I watched with interest this week an interview with Bob Swan, Intel’s latest CEO by Fortune’s Aaron Pressman. Pressman did a reasonable job getting Swan to answer difficult questions and Swan was quickly able to move from being CFO and acting CEO to full CEO. This isn’t such a bad way to get the job because the Intel board was able to see how Swan actually performed in the job before officially giving him the role.

I typically prefer subject matter experts in CEO roles because they tend to perform better, but a CFO does generally know where the bodies are buried and from day one can generally determine where his effort, and the company’s money, needs to be spent.

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