Renee James, president of Intel Corp., laughs during an interview in New York, U.S., on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Intel Corp.'s failure to break into the mobile-phone business is due to a lack of prioritization rather than an inability to make and sell the chips, James said. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBloomberg via Getty Images
- Previous Rank
As No. 2 at the $52.7 billion-in-sales chipmaker, James co-leads the company's attempt to move beyond PC and server chips and into newer technologies like mobile computing and wearables. James lost out to Brian Krzanich in the race to become CEO in 2013, yet she remains a key player, running Intel's semiconductor manufacturing operations, software and security efforts, human resources, and corporate strategy. James says Intel will get its chips into 40 million tablets by the end of 2014, a lofty goal considering that Intel missed on smartphones. Now the company is even launching consumer products, like a pricey smart bracelet for women.