(From left) Keith Thomson, former Intel vice president; Dr Lim Chong Eu, former chief minister of Penang; Andy Grove; and Lou Ross, who served as CEO of Intel Malaysia, at a meeting in Penang in 1972.

Penang owes a lot to Andy Grove.

Grove, a Silicon Valley icon, became Intel’s President in 1979, its CEO in 1987 and its Chairman of the Board in 1997 up until 2005. He was also Time magazine’s Man of the Year in 1997.

When he passed away on March 21, 2016 at the age of 79, he was mourned, says Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, by “generations of technologists, entrepreneurs, and business leaders.”1

The following tribute from Intel Chairman Andy Bryant captures the essence of Grove’s leadership:

“He combined the analytic approach of a scientist with an ability to engage others in honest and deep conversation, which sustained Intel’s success over a period that saw the rise of the personal computer, the Internet and Silicon Valley.”2

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