Intel CEO forced to resign over relationship with employee

CEO of Intel forced to resign over past relationship with employee
Intel’s, chief executive officer, Brian Krzanich has been forced to quit the company after an investigation confirmed a past “consensual relationship with an Intel employee,” the company announced Thursday. Krzanich has also left the board, it said.

“An ongoing investigation by internal and external counsel has confirmed a violation of Intel’s non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers,” the company said in a statement. “Given the expectation that all employees will respect Intel’s values and adhere to the company’s code of conduct, the Board has accepted Krzanich’s resignation.”

Chief financial officer Robert Swan will step in as interim CEO, effective immediately, and the board has already begun the search for a permanent replacement.

Krzanich violated a policy that said managers cannot have relationships with people who report to them either directly or indirectly. The relationship ended and took place “some time back,” according to media reports. It’s unclear with whom Krzanich, 58, had the relationship.

Krzanich’s total compensation topped $21 million last year, and the company paid for his transportation and residential security, according to company filings.

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