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Intel CEO Rage-Quits President’s Council; Dell Stays Put

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Intel CEO Bryan Krzanich, in a microphone-drop statement on the Intel corporate blog yesterday, resigned his post on an advisory council to the President. From the Policy@Intel blog, Krzanich wrote Monday:

Earlier today, I tendered my resignation from the American Manufacturing Council. I resigned to call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues, including the serious need to address the decline of American manufacturing. Politics and political agendas have sidelined the important mission of rebuilding America’s manufacturing base.

I have already made clear my abhorrence at the recent hate-spawned violence in Charlottesville, and earlier today I called on all leaders to condemn the white supremacists and their ilk who marched and committed violence. I resigned because I want to make progress, while many in Washington seem more concerned with attacking anyone who disagrees with them. We should honor – not attack – those who have stood up for equality and other cherished American values. I hope this will change, and I remain willing to serve when it does.

I am not a politician. I am an engineer who has spent most of his career working in factories that manufacture the world’s most advanced devices. Yet, it is clear even to me that nearly every issue is now politicized to the point where significant progress is impossible. Promoting American manufacturing should not be a political issue.

My request—my plea—to everyone involved in our political system is this: set scoring political points aside and focus on what is best for the nation as a whole. The current environment must change, or else our nation will become a shadow of what it once was and what it still can and should be.


As of this writing, Krzanich was the third of four members to leave the American Manufacturing Council, an appointed group of executives entrenched in domestic manufacturing working within the U.S. Dept. of Commerce. Krzanich joined executives from big pharma company Merck & Co., and sportswear brand Under Armor. Executives from Alliance for American Manufacturing and metals refiner Acronic followed suit today.

From the technology sector, Dell Technologies CEO Michael Dell remains on the President’s council. In the wake of the social media fallout from Krzanich resignation, Dell took to Twitter posting silicon-related news on the impending rise of ARM processors.

Apart from that Tweet, a Dell spokesperson told reporters there are no plans for leaving the council.

The President, in response to resignations, had this to say over Twitter.

As expected, commentors on both sides of the aisle lit up social media and blog comment boards with the type of useful, constructive dialogue we’ve grown accustomed to reading online.

No word yet on candidates for filling council vacancies. Unless by JOBS! the President actually meant Tim Cook, Apple CEO.

Should the Oval Office be inclined to reach out to AMD for alt-x86 support, it certainly will add momentum for the Sunnyvale company and its upcoming Ryzen Theadripper juggernaut.

Intel CEO Rage-Quits President's Council; Dell Stays Put
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Intel CEO Rage-Quits President's Council; Dell Stays Put
Intel CEO Bryan Krzanich, in a microphone-drop statement on Intel corporate blog yesterday, resigned his post on an advisory council to the President. Co-councilman Michael Dell says put.
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