Gelsinger said that his predecessors were not engineers who were deeply steeped in chip technology.
Gelsinger is an engineer so he knows what is what and has announced a broad plan to reinvigorate Intel by doubling down on manufacturing.
He claims that Intel had grown so successful that leaders wanted to move the strategy away from what had made Intel a chip juggernaut. Especially lacking, he said was the "maniacal" focus on manufacturing that had been a hallmark since Intel's founding.
While he acknowledges the need to prove himself, Gelsinger said he will rebuild the company's credibility with its customers so that if they say they need a million of some chip by Monday, the order will be there by Sunday night.
"Just every time. And our competitors fear us because we always do what we say we're going to do", Gelsinger said.