Gelsinger is based in Silicon Valley since the late 1970s and graduated from Stanford University with a master's degree in engineering. He previously served as CEO of VMware for eight years and as president and chief operating officer at EMC for three years before that, moving from Intel where he had worked for more than three decades. At Intel, he designed the architecture for the Intel 80486 processor in the 1980s, served as its first CTO as well as a senior vice president and general manager of its Digital Enterprise Group before leaving after working there for more than three decades. He came back at Intel in early 2021 to serve as its CEO.
Intel Corporation is an American multinational semiconductor chip maker corporation headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Intel is one of the world's largest and highest valued semiconductor chip makers, based on revenue. It is the inventor of the x86 series of microprocessors, the processors found in most personal computers.