Wendell Brooks is senior vice president of Intel Corporation and president of Intel Capital. He is responsible for all areas of strategic growth, including equity investing, M&A, and new business incubation.
As head of Intel Capital, Intel’s global investment organization, Brooks leads equity investments in innovative technology startups and companies worldwide. Under his leadership, Intel Capital is making bigger bets and delivering market leading returns by providing not only financial investments, but also the full resources of Intel to its portfolio companies. As head of one of the largest, most successful and longest serving corporate venture organizations, he has been named among the top three leaders on the Global Corporate Venturing Powerlist since 2016, most recently as No. 1 in 2018.
Brooks is also responsible for leading, managing and driving Intel’s mergers and acquisitions. He led the transformational acquisitions of Altera and Mobileye, both of which have been key elements of Intel’s growth strategy. He also led the successful divestiture of McAfee. He created the Intel Sports Group as a product of inorganic and organic efforts, and he continues to lead it as a separate business unit of Intel.
As a natural extension of his inorganic growth efforts, in 2018 Brooks was asked to lead Intel’s New Technology Group, developing new technologies and businesses internally. He redefined the portfolio to align with the team’s core mission and changed the model to focus on nimble innovation as the Emerging Growth and Incubation Group.
Brooks spent 23 years in the investment banking industry, split nearly equally between Europe and the United States. Before joining Intel in 2014, he served as a managing director in mergers and acquisitions for Allen & Company, working across the media, technology and telecommunications industries. Prior to Allen & Company, he worked for 15 years as a managing director for Citigroup, leading Citigroup’s European telecom, media and technology group.
Brooks received a bachelor’s degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA in finance and accounting from the University of Chicago.