One of the chipmaker’s most prominent country managers, Kate Burleigh, has decided to depart from her position as the managing director at Intel Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). She is quitting the chipmaker after 20-long years and believes that it is the right time for her to switch and pursue new opportunities outside of her current job.

Burleigh comments on her departure as under:

Although it’s incredibly hard to leave such a fantastic company and so many great people, the time seems right for me to make a career change and pursue opportunities outside of Intel.

Presently, she has been appointed as the Managing Director of Australia/New Zealand region for the past five odd years. Burleigh is known to have helped the chipmaker move beyond the PC-focused approach towards one seeking the progress of connected devices on a local scale. In addition to local growth, she is credited for advocating for the growth of STEM education in schools and smart government policy on technology.

She was the first brought on board at Intel way back in 1996 and has held multiple roles at the chipmaker over the last twenty years. She was bumped up to the position of marketing director for the region back in 2005 and has held the position of managing director of Australia/New Zealand region since 2012. Burleigh holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Sydney, followed by her master’s in Business and Marketing from the University of Technology — also in Sydney.

Speaking on her departure, Jerry Tsao, GM of Intel’s Asia-Pacific and Japan regional sales group in a statement said:

Kate brought a new energy and creativity to the managing director role in Australia and New Zealand. Under her leadership, Intel’s impact extended well beyond our traditional customer base and channels. We thank Kate for the passion and dedication she showed Intel and wish her best of luck in her future endeavours.

The direction Burleigh plans to take outside of Intel is presently unknown. Her last day at the American chipmaker will be June 30 and plans to announce her replacement for the managerial role in the coming weeks.

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