PAUL OTELLINI, INTEL: The Salesman of Silicon Valley

PAUL OTELLINI INTEL

Few companies have an heir apparent as obvious as Paul Otellini. For nearly two years, the chief operating officer of Intel has been sharing the presidency of the company with CEO Craig Barrett, who has been grooming Otellini to take over when he reaches the company's mandatory-retirement age of 65 in 2005. The modest Otellini, 53, eager to avoid any appearance of a coronation, will say only that the top job is "something I'd like to do" and that Intel has a "very orderly transition process."

The fact is, Silicon Valley's top chipmaker would be hard-pressed to find a better-qualified candidate....

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