Intel’s choice of Aicha Evans as chief strategy officer shows just how serious the company is about mobile. Evans has been working with Intel’s wireless platforms for a decade and has a vision of the mobile future and Intel’s role in it.
“In tomorrow’s world, nothing is mobile because everything is mobile,” Evans wrote in blog post. “It will be a world built for connected cars, connected factories and connected drones, to name a few examples. The machines are coming and we are going to need the next era of wireless technology to bring new connections and unique capabilities to the connected world. That next era is 5G.”
5G is the big prize for Intel, which was largely shut out of the market for LTE chipsets by competitor Qualcomm. But now Qualcomm and Intel are both deeply involved in 5G testing and trials. Intel has announced 5G tests with all four of the U.S. nationwide carriers, as well as with Ericsson and Nokia. Intel also worked with KT and Toyota to build a full 5G test network for the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
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Evans is in the driver’s seat as Intel races toward commercialization of its 5G technologies but for her, it’s a team effort. She told the American Management Association that one the best pieces of advice she ever got was to “move away from being one of the best to being one of the best enablers, one of the best listeners, one of the best facilitators.” Evans said she’s followed this advice throughout her career and that as a result, she’s never had to ask her teams to go the extra mile because they do it on their own.