Lenovo strengthens data center business to accelerate growth

Creates business units targeted at fastest-growing market segments

To further accelerate growth in its global data center business, Lenovo (HKSE: 992) today announced several organizational moves that strengthen its management team and advance the company’s drive to become the industry’s most trusted global data center partner, while serving the fastest expanding market segments and further improving the responsiveness of its customer support.  

As part of this re-alignment, Lenovo appointed Kim Stevenson, former CIO of Intel, senior VP and GM, joining its Data Center Group’s senior management team along with three other executives named to new positions today. 

The newly formed business units will lead Lenovo’s charge into five market segments: data center infrastructure; the software-defined data center; high-performance computing and artificial intelligence applications; “hyperscale” systems, and data center services. 

Each will be led by a general manager with responsibility for definition of offerings and go-to-market strategies in the segment, as well as responsibility for the entire business end-to-end. Lenovo appointed Stevenson senior vice president and general manager leading its new Data Center Infrastructure (DCI) business segment, where she will oversee the company’s core data center products and solutions portfolio.  
Most recently, she spent eight years at Intel leading that company’s Client, Internet of Things and System Architecture (CISA) Group and serving as Intel CIO for four years. 

Before Intel, she spent seven years at the former EDS holding a variety of positions including vice president of its Worldwide Communications, Media and Entertainment (CM&E) Industry Practice. She began her career at IBM. In addition to Stevenson, three current Lenovo executives, all of whom who have been with the company for approximately one year, will assume new positions on the Data Center Group’s senior leadership team.  
Laura Latrello, vice president and general manager, will continue in her role leading the data center services segment. Newly appointed business segment executive leaders will report directly to Kirk Skaugen, executive vice president & president, Data Center Group: 
Paul Ju, VP and GM, Hyperscale – Ju joined Lenovo in September 2016 and has deep experience in hyperscale systems and cloud computing through management positions with leading global technology and data center providers. 
Madhu Matta, VP and GM, High-Performance Computing & Artificial Intelligence – Matta joined Lenovo in November 2015 and brings deep experience in advanced computing technologies through executive assignments at leading server and storage companies. 
Radhika Krishnan, executive director and GM, Software-Defined Data Center – Krishnan’s unit also includes networking technologies and telco solutions.  She joined Lenovo in February 2016 and has a deep background in advanced server, storage, networking and software-defined technologies. 
Working to further its industry position as #1 in x86 server customer satisfaction for the past two years, Lenovo also made changes to significantly enhance its global data center sales force led by Roderick Lappin, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales & Marketing, Data Center Group. 
These moves will make the company faster and more agile in addressing changing market conditions to deliver even more responsive support to data center customers, and ultimately accelerate Lenovo’s growth to build on its position as the number three global provider of x86 servers.

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