Dell CTO to leave the company

Dell said on Wednesday that its chief technology officer, Kevin Kettler, plans to leave the company.

Dell's chief technology officer, who has been with the company for 13 years, will retire in mid-January, Dell said on Wednesday.

Kevin Kettler's decision to leave is a personal one based on his desire to focus on his family and interests outside of Dell, said David Frink, a Dell spokesman.

"He played a lead role in shaping Dell's [product] technology and strategy. He pushed innovation across the organization," Frink said.

Dell has been aware of Kettler's plans to retire "for some time" and is looking for a successor to ensure a smooth transition, Frink said.

Prior to Dell, Kettler spent 12 years at IBM.

The announcement comes a week after Dell said it is implementing cost-cutting measures to help it better weather the economic storm. It has started a hiring freeze and is offering workers unpaid time off and a voluntary separation plan.

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