New recruit to head chip maker’s Digital Home Group
BBC Future Media and Technology director Erik Huggers is quitting the corporation and moving to Intel.
Huggers will be based at Santa Clara as the corporate vice-president and general manager of the Digital Home Group which makes microprocessors for cable set-top boxes and "smart" TVs.
The chip maker said Huggers will also become a member of the Intel Management Committee.
In a statement announcing his departure, the BBC gave Huggers the credit for performance of the BBC iPlayer streaming TV service, which has changed public perception of the broadcaster as a digital innovator.
"During his tenure, BBC Online, BBC Red Button and BBC Mobile have seen exceptional growth, while BBC iPlayer delivered a record 145 million TV and radio programme views across some 60 devices during December," the corporation added.
Intel president and chief executive Paul Otellini said Huggers was chosen for his vast experience in delivering new platforms, interactive content and services.
"This is a tremendous opportunity to build a new business for silicon, software and services to unlock the potential of high-quality connected media experiences in the living room," Huggers said in an Intel statement.