Intel has appointed former HPE exec Justin Hotard to lead its data center unit.

Intel Corporation this week announced the appointment of Hotard as executive vice president and general manager of its Data Center and AI Group (DCAI), effective Feb. 1.

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Responsible for Intel’s suite of data center products spanning enterprise and cloud, including its Xeon processor family, graphics processing units (GPUs), and accelerators, Hotard will report directly to Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger.

“Justin is a proven leader with a customer-first mindset and has an impressive track record in driving growth and innovation in the data center and AI,” Gelsinger said. “Justin is committed to our vision to create world-changing technologies and passionate about the critical role Intel will play in empowering our customers for decades to come.”

Hotard joins from an eight-and-a-half-year stint at HPE, where he most recently served as executive vice president and general manager of High-Performance Computing, AI, and Labs. Prior to that, he held roles at NCR Corp and Symbol Technologies (acquired by Motorola).

“I am excited about my next chapter to lead the Data Center and AI Business Group at Intel Corporation. I look forward to joining Pat Gelsinger and his talented team to contribute to its vision to create world-changing technologies and deliver on Intel’s mission to bring AI everywhere,” Hotard said on LinkedIn.

He continued: "While at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, I have had the honor of working with incredibly talented people. Together, we have entered new markets and ushered in new breakthroughs with exascale and AI. I am grateful to Antonio Neri for giving me the opportunity to grow and scale as a technology leader.”

He replaces Sandra Rivera, who has assumed the role of the chief executive officer of Programmable Solutions Group, a new stand-alone unit within Intel focused on FPGAs.

On LinkedIn, Rivera added: “Congratulations, Justin Hotard. All of Intel Corporation, its partners and customers are fortunate to have you leading this organization. I look forward to seeing the amazing data center and AI innovations this team will deliver to the market under your leadership.”

This week saw another Intel data center exec, Arun Subramaniyan, take the helm at Articul8; a new AI company spun out of Intel with backing from DigitalBridge.