Intel’s Andrew McLean on taking A/NZ innovation to the world

Andrew McLean (Intel)

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Six-months into a fresh stint at Intel, Andrew McLean is passionate about how the Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ) region will contribute to the semiconductor chip manufacturer’s global growth.

McLean, who was with Intel for 18 years in various sales and channel positions before leaving in 2016, rejoined the business in July as its’ first A/NZ leader in four years.

He shared with Reseller News his positive outlook for growth in the A/NZ region, community investments, and settling back into life at Intel.

Touching on Intel’s heritage and continued growth, McLean is enjoying the opportunities that come from leading the business in-region.

Mentioning CEO Pat Gelsinger, who also recently returned to the business, he said “something he often quotes is that Intel’s the company that put the ‘silicon’ in Silicon Valley. It’s the technology that pretty much underpins our communities, our lives and our work environment now.”

“A leadership position with Intel just puts me in a great position to be part of that, which is pretty fun.”

McLean is positive about continued appetite for tech investment in 2023, particularly within the A/NZ region.

“We have a relatively unique position in the world – we’ve got a strong resources sector, strong services and education sector, we’ve got things like renewables that are really starting to happen as well. I think our economies and communities are really well positioned and all of that will drive opportunity for growth.

“Part of our [A/NZ team] role within Intel is to take creative ideas that come out of this region to the rest of the world. That’s something that I’m really keen on doing, and will involve working with the channels, the end customers, and government.”

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