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Intel taps Qualcomm veteran to lead new Internet of Things group

UPDATED: Qualcomm reached out to ZDNet with a statement noting Intel's new hire was offered another role within Qualcomm, which Renduchintala declined.

Just one day after Google announced it was resorting its cloud businesses under new leadership, Intel appears to be doing the same with its resources dedicated to the Internet of Things.

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The chip maker announced on Friday that it has appointed Dr. Venkata "Murthy" Renduchintala as president of a newly-formed Client and Internet of Things (IoT) Businesses and Systems Architecture Group.

Beyond IoT, the new group encompasses Intel's Platform Engineering, Client Computing, Software and Services, and Design & Technology Solutions groups.

The common thread throughout these departments now grouped under the same umbrella will be sharing a common set of technologies for mobile SoC platforms and connectivity.

Intel underscored Renduchintala's experience with mobile SoC technology in Friday's announcement.

"The caliber of leadership and experience Murthy brings to our executive team represents a significant move toward delivering the benefits of our strategy even faster than before," wrote Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, in prepared remarks.

Renduchintala joins Intel from Qualcomm, where he most recently served as executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies Inc.

Also co-president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, Renduchintala was responsible for leading Qualcomm's semiconductor businesses across mobile and computing segments.

At Intel, Renduchintala will be tasked with spearheading and aligning product design, engineering and business strategies for Intel's communications, device and IoT segments.

Renduchintala has also been appointed as an executive officer of Intel Corporation.

UPDATE: Qualcomm reached out to ZDNet with the following statement.

A few months ago we made the decision to move away from a co-president leadership structure for QCT. Cristiano Amon was the clear choice as President of the chipset business. We made the decision to enhance the operation of QCT by having a single decision maker who has an exceptional track record of executing and has the confidence of the team and our customers. We are confident in Cristiano's leadership as we capitalize on the opportunities ahead. Murthy was offered another role within Qualcomm, but he chose to leave the company instead.