Intel's Sean Maloney comes back to tackle mobile

Sean Maloney will return to the spotlight as one of Intel's most important executives on May 31 after several months of medical leave and a gradual return to work at the processor giant.

Maloney, who shares the title of executive vice president and general manager of the Intel Architecture Group with David "Dadi" Perlmutter, will give the keynote address that day at Computex in Taipei, the event of the year for Taiwan's electronics industry. It will mark his most prominent public appearance since he suffered a stroke at his home early last year.

Since his , the dynamic former chief sales and marketing officer has been seen as a possible successor to CEO Paul Otellini. Industry analysts would not speculate on what effect his leave might have on the internal politics of Intel, where Otellini has held the top job since 2005. But it's clear that mobility, an area that has held great interest for Maloney, will play a key part in the company's work over the next few years.

Intel . In June, at Computex 2010, Maloney and said he would be back at work by the end of the year.

He returned to Intel part time in January and has gradually worked his way back to nearly full-time duty, and is often seen on the company's campus, Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy said Wednesday. Maloney's recovery is complete except for some speech therapy, he said.

"He's fit. He's doing well," Mulloy said.