Computer chip maker Intel has promoted three Irish people to the prestigious position of vice-president of the multinational company, which employs 108,00 people worldwide. 

They include Philip Moynagh, the man who led the Leixlip based team that designed Intel's new Quark chip, who becomes a vice president of the Internet of Things Group. 

Also being promoted is Margaret Burgraff, general manager of Quality, Certification, Tools and Validation, who becomes vice president of the Mobile and Communications Group. 

While Joe McDonnell, who manages the company's 22nm fabrication plant in Arizona is to become vice president of the Technology and Manufacturing Group. 

The promotions bring to seven the number of Irish people who hold vice-president status. 

They include Eamonn Sinnott, Intel's general manager in Ireland, Ann Kelleher, a general manager of manufacturing based in New Mexico, Rory McInerney, based at Intel's headquarters in Santa Clara, and Professor Martin Curley who is vice president of Intel Labs.