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Intel’s Next Likely CEO Suffers Stroke

Maloney currently leads Intel's Architecture Group, its all-important processor operation

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Intel executive Sean Maloney, 53, the company's most likely candidate to succeed CEO Paul Otellini, 59, had a stroke late last week and is taking a medical leave that could run for maybe four months. It remains to be seen whether he will take himself out of the running to head the semiconductor giant.

Maloney currently leads Intel's Architecture Group, its all-important processor operation, with two-in-a-box co-general manager Dadi Perlmutter, who will fill in for him while he's out.

Perlmutter generally focuses on engineering while Maloney handles the business side, everything from sales and marketing to investments.

Intel was shocked at the news because Maloney is so fit, getting up at five in the morning to row. He also has a young wife and a six-month-old baby, presumably enough motivation to do what the doctors tell him. His prognosis is said to be "excellent."

Otellini is currently supposed to retire when he hits 65.

Trading in Intel shares was stopped for a short time around the news, which Maloney can take as a tribute.

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