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Earlier this month, we told you that Lenovo is getting busy in the data center, creating new products, establishing a new tiered program for the channel, and introducing innovative storage appliances.

Now Lenovo has beefed up its year-old Data Center Group (DCG) by creating 5 new business units and both hiring and promoting executive to lead them.

The 5 new business units within Lenovo’s DCG are:

  • > Data center infrastructure
  • > Software-defined data center
  • > High-performance computing and AI applications
  • > Hyperscale systems
  • > Data center services


Another Former Intel Exec

One of the new groups, data center infrastructure, will be led by a former Intel exec, Kim Stevenson. She was last week named Lenovo’s senior VP and general manager (GM) of data center infrastructure.

Stevenson follows Kirk Skaugen as the second top Intel executive to recently join Lenovo. Skaugen was a senior VP at Intel, and he joined Lenovo last November to become executive VP and president of DCG.

As for Stevenson, she recently left Intel after 7 1/2 years. She had joined Intel back in 2009 after working for EDS and HP, and her first position at Intel was VP of IT. Three years later, in 2012, Intel promoted her to CIO. Then, last August, Stevenson was named Intel’s chief operating officer for client and Internet of Things business and systems architecture group, reporting to Murthy Renduchintala. She held that position for only six months, resigning from Intel last month.

On Feb. 3, 2017, Kim Stevenson tweeted, “On to new adventures.”

To lead 3 of the other 4 new business units, Lenovo last week also promoted these relatively new executives to even newer positions:

> Paul Ju: Now VP and GM of the Hyperscale unit. He originally joined Lenovo in September 2016.  

> Madhu Matta: VP and GM of High-Performance Computing & Artificial Intelligence. Matta joined Lenovo in November 2015.

> Radhika Krishnan: Now executive director and GM of Software-Defined Data Center, which includes networking technologies and telco solutions. She joined Lenovo in February 2016.

As for the data center services unit, Lenovo said that Laura Latrello, VP and GM of its data center services segment, will continue in that role.

These 5 executives all now report to DCG president Skaugen.

Looking for Growth

By way of background, Lenovo remains the world’s largest PC supplier, with a 22.4 percent market share by units shipped worldwide, according to IDC. But with PC sales in the doldrums, the Chinese supplier is looking into other areas for growth, most definitely including the data center.

But the company still has some work to do. For its most recent quarter, ended Dec. 31, 2016, Lenovo reported DCG revenue of $1.1 billion. That sounds good until you realize that figure marked a year-on-year decline of 20 percent. Ouch.

Nonetheless, the Intel connections of Stevenson and Skaugen should prove useful to Lenovo. After all, Intel supplies the microprocessors for an estimated 99 percent of all data-center servers worldwide.

More immediately, channel partners should learn more about their role in Lenovo’s new data-center effort. On April 24 - 26, Lenovo will host its Accelerate 2017 channel partner forum in Orlando, Fla. Skaugen is among the scheduled speakers, as is Sammy Kinlaw, Lenovo’s North American channel chief. Stay tuned!


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Cloud and Data Centers