According to reports, Intel has begun to narrow the list of candidates for the new CEO and may introduce talents outside the company for the first time.

It is said that Sanjay Jha and Anand Chandrasekher, who worked at Qualcomm, and Intel executives Navin Shenoy and Murthy Renduchintala have had preliminary discussions with Intel board members. Former Treasurer Stacy Smith declined to be the CEO's candidate, and other high-level executives are also considered by Intel's board of directors.

Many candidates who were expected to succeed, including Renee James, Stacy Smith, Diane Bryant and Kirk Skaugen, left Intel during Krzanich's tenure, leading Intel to find the right person from the outside.

There are currently many candidates for the Intel CEO position, including James, who previously served as president of Intel, who is currently running Ampere Computing, a startup funded by the Carlyle Group. The company aims to break Intel's dominance in the data center server chip market. According to people familiar with the matter, James has told the Ampere team that he will not return to Intel unless Intel acquires Ampere and allows him to bring all team members.