You know Denis Villeneuve’s film Sicario, and how it doesn’t really reward you if you just watch the first ten minutes, but by the time you wrap up the two-hour epic the whole thing clicks? That’s more or less what Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger’s strategy is. In other words, he doesn’t want you judging him based on quarterly snapshots. Rather, see what he’s done at the end of his half-decade plan and then make your verdict.
While speaking at the Economic Club of Washington, Gelsinger revealed what he’s all about: Long hauls (via the Wall Street Journal). Arguably, that’s not much of a secret for anyone who’s studied his behavior and leadership style over the years, but even so, it’s fresh to hear it directly from the source. He described himself as being on a five-year mission to course-correct Intel in the departments it needed sprucing up.
“If you want to measure me on a quarterly basis, I fail,” he said, before stating where he’s less likely to, in his own words, fail. “If you want to measure me on a two-, three-, four-year basis of turning around an industry and an iconic company, that’s what I want to be measured against.”
So there you have it. When you hear about Intel and TSMC getting feisty? Give it five years. When you see Intel’s efforts to stay on-pace with AMD? Give it five years. And when Intel publishes a five-year roadmap to success? Give it five years.