Word is going around that Aicha Evans, the head of Intel's mobile division, changed her mind and will not be leaving Intel. Bloomberg heard from people familiar with the matter that Intel CEO Brian Krzanich managed to persuade Evans to withdraw her resignation. Evans has been head of Intel's troubled mobile chip division for less than a year and news about her plan to resign sparked rumors about the performance (or lack thereof) of Intel's mobile unit.
Evans, who had handed in her notice as of earlier this month, has told colleagues she’s staying, and Krzanich informed staff at an internal meeting that she isn’t leaving the company, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter hasn’t been made public. A company representative declined to comment, and Evans didn’t respond to requests for comment.
Evans’s change of heart is a win for Krzanich. He avoids losing another longtime senior executive as two others leave Intel and as the company embarks on its biggest staff reduction in about a decade. As the CEO pushes his company to be more inclusive in its hiring practices, he’s also retaining the highest-profile black female executive in the chip industry.