Intel announced that Christoph Schell has been appointed executive vice president and chief commercial officer to lead the Sales, Marketing and Communications Group (SMG), starting March 14.
Schell will succeed Michelle Johnston Holthaus, who will take on a new role as general manager of Intel’s Client Computing Group (CCG).
“Christoph has an exceptional track record of driving innovative and disruptive go-to-market strategies around the globe. He brings expertise in understanding business segments, verticals and the solutions and services customers want,” said Pat Gelsinger, Intel CEO. “We are harnessing our core strengths as an advantage to grow in our traditional markets and accelerate our entry into new ones. I’m confident Christoph is the right leader to take on this critical role and guide the talented SMG organization to achieve our growing ambitions.”
Schell joins Intel from HP, where he was most recently chief commercial officer. With his go-to-market team, he led customer and partner success, category management and customer support globally. During his 25 years with the company, Schell held various senior management roles across the globe, including president of 3D Printing & Digital Manufacturing.
Prior to rejoining HP in 2014, Schell served as executive vice president of Growth Markets for Philips, where he led the lighting business across Asia Pacific, Japan, Africa, Russia, India, Central Asia and the Middle East. He started his career in his family’s distribution and industrial solutions company and worked in brand management at Procter & Gamble.
“There is no other company as essential to the technology industry as Intel and it’s exciting to see how the company has returned to its roots over the past year – driving innovation deep into the silicon and all the way up the stack,” said Schell. “I look forward to joining Intel’s world-class leadership team at this pivotal moment in the company’s history and helping to create even more value and opportunity for customers and partners around the world.”
In his new role, Schell will oversee Intel’s global sales, marketing and communications teams, leading the company’s efforts to foster innovative sales and marketing approaches that broaden Intel’s business opportunities and deepen customer relationships worldwide. Schell will become a member of the executive leadership team and will report directly to Gelsinger.