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March 27, 2017updated 12 Jul 2022 12:25pm

Former Intel CIO to lead Lenovo data centre business

The Chinese PC-maker is planning to increase its market share of its data centre business.

By CBR Staff Writer

Chinese PC-maker Lenovo has hired former Intel CIO Kim Stevenson to head its newly formed data centre business units.

The newly formed business units will help Lenovo enter five market segments which include data centre infrastructure, software-defined data centers, ‘hyperscale’ systems, data center services, high-performance computing and artificial intelligence applications.

These new units will each be led by a general manager who will develop offerings and go-to-market strategies and will take the responsibility of the entire business from end-to-end.

Kim Stevenson will be the senior vice president and general manger of the new Data Center Infrastructure (DCI) business segment. Stevenson will lead Lenovo’s core data centre products and solutions portfolio.

The company plans to leverage her several years of experience at Intel. She has worked for eight years at Intel’s Client, Internet of Things and System Architecture (CISA) Group and also served as the company’s CIO for four years.

Prior to Intel, Stevenson worked as EDS Worldwide Communications, Media and Entertainment (CM&E) Industry Practice vice president.

Apart from Stevenson, Lenovo has also promoted its own executives to new positions in the Data Centre Group’s senior leadership team. The appointments include: Paul Ju as the vice president and general manager of Hyperscale; Madhu Matta as vice president and general manager of high-performance computing and artificial intelligence applications; Radhika Krishnan, executive director and general manager of software-defined data centre; and data centre services will be led by the present vice president and general manager Laura Latrell.

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Lenovo Data Center Group president Kirk Skaugen said: “Kim is a widely respected and highly accomplished technology leader, and we’re honored to have her join our team.

“Her decision demonstrates our ability to attract the industry’s best talent in our drive to build an innovative and fiercely competitive data center company.

“In addition, our new segment-driven structure and global sales and marketing organization will enable us to be even more dynamic and responsive in helping our customers navigate today’s volatile technology and business landscape.”

With this move, Lenovo is expecting to revive revenue. The company saw its share prices drop 67% in 2016, while the revenues from the Data Center Group fell 20% when compared to 2015.

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