5. David Perlmutter, EVP, General Manager, Intel Architecture Group, Chief Product Officer, Intel - Top IT Influencers
Perlmutter emerged from Intel's R&D department in Israel and is the executive face of a new Intel that departed from unsustainable power-hungry processors to a new era that enabled the company to breathe again and scale their performance. Originally just in charge of mobile processors, Perlmutter has advanced since 2006 to become Intel's most powerful executive next to CEO Paul Otellini. After Sean Maloney's retirement, he might become Intel's next CEO. The company's processor business is guided by him and most of the processors we buy and use carry his virtual signature. As much as Intel controls the overall desktop/server CPU business today, it will be up to Perlmutter to lead Intel's technology into the future and it will be up to his judgment how the company will make its way into mobile devices as well as new markets such as microservers.