Intel Courted HP Executive

Intel Corp., which long has chosen internal candidates for most of its top management jobs, recently negotiated with a prominent Hewlett-Packard Co. executive about taking a senior position at the chip maker, people familiar with the matter said.

The executive–Todd Bradley, who heads HP’s personal-computer business–decided earlier this month to remain with the company, the people said.

But the negotiations underscore Intel’s willingness to consider unusual measures to strengthen its management ranks as the company faces the difficult task of identifying an eventual successor to Chief Executive Paul Otellini. An executive vice president regarded as the most likely candidate among Intel’s top managers, Sean Maloney, is recovering from a stroke he suffered a year ago. Another potential candidate, Patrick Gelsinger, left Intel in 2009 to join EMC Corp.

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