Intel loses execs managing PCs and the Internet of Things

It's a blow to some of Intel's most important work.

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Intel has had its fair share of high-profile departures as of late (most notably the iconic Mooly Eden, who left last year), and they don't appear to be stopping any time soon. Senior VP Kirk Skaugen, the head of Intel's Client Computing (aka PC) division, is leaving the company for his "next career opportunity." He'll finish on April 8th, and will be replaced by mobile client VP Navin Shenoy. Meanwhile, Internet of Things group manager Doug Davis is retiring at the end of 2016. There's no named replacement yet, but Davis will stick around until someone can fill his shoes.

These aren't forced departures, but they could still deal a blow to Intel. Davis and Skaugen are long-serving company veterans (32 and 24 years respectively), and they're leaving at a crucial time. Intel is taking a bruising as the PC market shrinks, and its work on IoT devices is just taking off. While new blood could give the chip giant a fresh perspective, it might also toss out years of experience that could come in handy as the corporation changes direction.

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