Intel’s Israel chief announces retirement

Maxine Fassberg stepping down after 33-year career at tech giant; Yaniv Garty appointed as replacement

Maxine Fassberg (Photo credit: Courtesy)
Maxine Fassberg (Photo credit: Courtesy)

The vice president and general manager of Intel Israel, Maxine Fassberg, has announced her retirement after a 33-year career with the tech giant.

A statement from Intel on Tuesday said Yaniv Garty, the current general manager of Wireless Connectivity Solutions at Intel, has been appointed to replace her early next year.

Fassberg began her long career at Intel as lithography engineer at the Intel Electronics plant in Jerusalem in 1983. In 1995, she was appointed head of the engineering division at the company’s Kiryat Gat fabrication plant, much of the company’s “bread and butter” operations in Israel.

As manager, Fassberg was responsible for starting up Intel’s 45nm chip plant, and upgrading it to produce 28nm, and then 22nm chips. She has received two Intel Achievement Awards, as well as the Israel Industry Award for 2011 by the Manufacturers Association of Israel, and the prestigious Hugo Ramniceanu Prize in Economics for 2012, among many others.

Fassberg was named general manager of Intel Israel in June 2007.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a ceremony at Intel's Kiryat Gat plant on November 14, 2016. (Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a ceremony at Intel’s Kiryat Gat plant on November 14, 2016. (Flash90)

The company said that throughout her career, Fassberg exemplified her own leadership philosophy that “anything is possible if a leader has a vision and capable people empowered to act.”

Her leadership and vision for the company contributed to the creation of thousands of jobs in Israel, the statement said.

Intel also said Fassberg encouraged women, minorities and the ultra-Orthodox community to integrate into Israel’s high-tech sector.

Fassberg was a “professional coach to many women and a strong advocate for inclusion, reaching into broad segments of the communities such as the Arab, Druze and ultra-religious sectors in Israel.”

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