Diane Bryant, general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group, will leave the company for six to eight months “to tend to a personal family matter.”

Navin Shenoy, formerly GM of the Client Computing Group (CCG), will take over the position, permanently. Bryant, who will work alongside Shenoy for a month, will be given a new position when she returns.

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“Management changes can be distracting, but it is critical that we all give Navin, Diane and the CCG leadership team our full support during this transition and focus on delivering leadership products and executing flawlessly,” CEO Brian Krzanich wrote in an email to employees.

“And, it goes without saying that my thoughts are with Diane. I look forward to welcoming her back to her next challenging role.”

He added: “DCG is a central part of our transformation and corporate strategy to make Intel the driving force of the data revolution. Over the past five years, Diane has transformed DCG from a server-centric group to a business that spans servers, network and storage across all end-user segments, and with product lines and business models that extend beyond the traditional.”

While this is true, the data center group has also seen sales miss investor expectations over the past few quarters, failing to reach the double-digit annual growth Intel has openly aimed for.

In the quarterly results announced last week, the group reported revenues of $4.2 billion, a six percent year-on-year increase, and more than 40 percent of its total operating profits.

While the server division has failed to meet investor expectations, Intel still maintains a near-monopoly on the x86 server market. AMD, however, hopes to change this with the upcoming Naples CPUs.