Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich, had to step down recently over violating company policy by engaging in a consensual relationship with a subordinate. The woman was not named, but an investigation was launched into Krzanich when rumors spread about his relationship with a female underling, something that’s verboten in the house of Intel.
As reported by CNBC, Intel sent out a press release indicating that Kryzanich – who became CEO back in 2013 – was removed as a member of the board and as CEO…
“Intel was recently informed that Mr. Krzanich had a past consensual relationship with an Intel employee. An ongoing investigation by internal and external counsel has confirmed a violation of Intel’s non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers. Given the expectation that all employees will respect Intel’s values and adhere to the company’s code of conduct, the Board has accepted Mr. Krzanich’s resignation.”
If Krzanich’s name doesn’t sound familiar, a quick refresher course is that he was the fact that represented Intel with their $300 million dollar diversity initiative back in 2015.
As reported by Philanthropy News Digest, Intel’s $300 million was spread out across tech and gaming organizations to help bring in more minorities and women. A number of notable gaming organizations received support, including the IGDA, eSports League, and Anita Sarkeesian’s Feminist Frequency to name a few. And yes, this is the same Anita Sarkeesian who harassed a fellow YouTuber at VidCon in 2017, and the same Feminist Frequency who purported falsehoods about rape myth acceptance.
On January 6th, 2015, Krzanich outlined in a press release how Intel would be spearheading more diversity programs and funding initiatives for bringing in more minorities and women, saying…
“We’re calling on our industry to again make the seemingly impossible possible by making a commitment to real change and clarity in our goals. Without a workforce that more closely mirrors the population, we are missing opportunities, including not understanding and designing for our own customers.”
After announcing the $300 million dollar initiative – which shortly followed on the heels of Intel originally having pulled ad support from Gamasutra over Leigh Alexander’s caustic article attacking the gaming community, which helped fuel #GamerGate – Krzanich told the New York Times…
“This is the right time to make a bold statement. It’s kind of Intel’s culture. We march by Moore’s Law. We say we’re going to reinvent Silicon every two years even though we don’t really know how we’re going to pull that off.”
Well, three years later and Krzanich is now out of the company.
It’s interesting how many of the people who were against #GamerGate or supported and virtue-signaled on behalf of organizations like Feminist Frequency — or digitally shouted through social media how proud they were of being male feminists or feminist allies — turned out to lose their jobs due to sexual misconduct, being convicted of rape, being convicted of pedophilia, or in the case of Krzanich, violating company policy by fraternizing in a consensual relationship with an employee.
One can only wonder how Brian Krzanich’s wife, Brandee Krzanich, feels about the news?
(Thanks for the news tip Lyle)