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Paul S. Otellini lived a full life with humanity and humor. Born Oct. 12, 1950, in San Francisco to David and Evelyn Otellini, proud second-generation Italian-Americans of the city. His love of family and life grew ever stronger.
Paul attended Holy Name Grammar School, St. Ignatius College Preparatory, University of San Francisco (B.A.), and UC Berkeley (MBA). Beginning in 1974, he spent his entire career at Intel, rising through every sector to become Intel’s fifth CEO in 2005, serving until his retirement in 2013. Paul had many business achievements, but it was his colleagues and friendships he valued most.
Paul made a name for himself when he oversaw the introduction of Intel’s Pentium processor in 1993. Shortly after he took over for former CEO Craig Barrett, he presided over another historic change when he stepped onto a Moscone West Convention Center stage and embraced the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs as the two former rivals announced what had once seemed an unlikely alliance.
Intel noted that the company generated more revenue during his eight-year tenure than during its previous 45 years: The year before he became CEO, sales were $34 billion; the number grew to $53 billion in 2012.
In a span of 40 years, Paul was an integral part of the technology revolution with smart leadership, a driving work ethic, and creative ideas. He turned questions into action while taking time to mentor others. Paul’s travels were worldwide, meeting with customers, employees, and heads of state. However, it was the daily 100 mile round trip from his home in San Francisco to Santa Clara that attested to his love of the city.
During Paul’s childhood, he spent many summers with his family at Lake Tahoe. Paul developed a lifelong love of the lake, enjoying all its beauty while boating and reading voraciously under the pine trees. He and wife Sandy also spent time at their Sonoma ranch pursuing his interest in winemaking.
Paul served on many boards of directors in his lifetime, most recently with Google, the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, the Nuclear Threat Initiative, and previously The Fritz Companies and Autodesk. He was involved with several charitable and philanthropic organizations, including the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Knights of Malta.
Paul passed away on Oct. 2, 2017, at age 66. His family was closest to his heart. Every occasion was celebrated, often including dear friends. Paul is survived by his mother, Evelyn; wife and life partner of 30 years, Sandy; his son, Patrick (Marissa), and daughter, Alexis Otellini ’14; grandchildren Nico and Mia, all of S.F.; and brother Rev. Msgr. Steven Otellini, Menlo Park.