Robert "Bob" Swan is 58. He was born in Syracuse, New York and attended the University of Buffalo, where he received his undergraduate degree in business administration. Swan went on to earn an MBA from Binghamton University.
Swan began his career at General Electric in 1985, where climbed the ladder and held multiple senior finance roles — including CFO of GE Transportation Systems and VP of finance for GE Medical Systems in Europe. He spent 15 years at GE.
In 1999, Swan joined the dot-com grocery delivery company Webvan as VP of finance. Webvan launched with a ton of hype, and raised some $400 million in venture capital. Webvan raised another $375 million in an IPO the year of its launch, and hit a market cap of $7.9 billion on its first day of trading.
However, Webvan's costs far outpaced its revenue, and it quickly burned through all of its cash. By April 2001, Webvan CEO George Shaheen resigned, and Swan was named the new chief exec.
Four months later, the company filed for bankruptcy and was forced to let go of its remaining 2,000 employees. The company's assets were sold to Amazon. All told, Webvan was only in operation for three years.
Swan held various executive roles over the next several years, including a stint between 2003 and 2006 as CFO of Electronic Data Systems (EDS), the IT outsourcing firm founded by Ross Perot.
In February 2006, Swan was named the CFO of eBay. Swan stayed at eBay for nine years, helping oversee the spinoff of PayPal into a separate company. Once the spinoff was complete in 2015, Swan left — but he's sat on eBay's board since 2015.
After eBay, Swan joined growth-equity firm General Atlantic, where he advised startups on their financial operations. He also helped lead General Atlantic's $158 million investment in AppDynamics, which sold to Cisco in 2018 for $3.7 billion.
In September 2016, Swan was brought on Intel’s CFO. Swan’s hire came as a surprise, as he lacked prior experience in the chip industry. But perhaps more shocking was the massive $23 million pay package he was offered, including an $850,000 base salary and $5.5 million signing bonus.
Swan became interim CEO in June 2018, replacing Brian Krzanich, who resigned following the company’s investigation into his past relationship with an employee. Reportedly, Swan told employees at an all-hands meeting that he didn't want the job on a permanent basis.
Nevertheless, on January 31, 2019, Swan was officially named as Intel's seventh CEO. He will receive an annual base salary of $1.25 million and a target bonus amount of $3.4 million per year, though he could stand to make much more in performance awards.