No. 1 PC maker Lenovo named a new president of North American operations as part of a broader reorganization of its leadership and business units.
Emilio Ghilardi, who joined the company as vice president and chief operating officer for North America since last July, will succeed Aymar de Lencquesaing as president of Lenovo North America effective April 1.
De Lencquesaing in turn has been named co-president of the company’s mobile business group, which oversees the company’s smartphone business. De Lencquesaing has been president of Lenovo North America since last April, when the company last revamped its top management.
Lenovo is based in China but has a headquarters in Morrisville and employs 3,000 workers in the Triangle. The reorganization announced Friday does not include any layoffs.
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As chief operating officer for Lenovo North America, Ghilardi was responsible for Lenovo’s PC and enterprise businesses in the U.S. and Canada. Before joining Lenovo he was a vice president and general manager at Hewlett-Packard, according to his bio on LinkedIn.
Although Ghilardi will be spending a lot of time at the company’s headquarters in Morrisville, he will continue to live on the West Coast, said Lenovo spokesman Ray Gorman.
The leadership revamp also includes a significant exit. Rick Osterloh, the head of the Motorola Mobility cellphone business, “decided to leave,” according to Lenovo’s announcement.
Shipments of Motorola smartphones have slumped since Lenovo bought the business in October 2014.
With Osterloh’s departure, de Lencquesaing also will be chairman and president of Motorola.
CEO Yang Yuanqing said in a prepared statement that the changes unveiled Friday will “further accelerate our transformation into a customer-centric company.”
The changes transform the mobile business group, which previously encompassed not only smartphones but also tablets and smart TVs. But tablets and smart TVs have shifted to the former PC group, now dubbed the PC and smart device business group.
De Lencquesaing joins Xudong Chen, who was named head of the mobile business group in June, as co-president of that group.
The co-presidents of the mobile business group will focus on different geographies: Chen will be in charge of China and de Lencquesaing will be responsible for the rest of the world.
Gerry Smith was named president of the new data center group, previously the enterprise business group, which encompasses servers and data storage systems. Smith was tapped to fill in for Jay Parker when he resigned as a senior vice president of Lenovo's enterprise business last summer.
Lenovo’s ecosystem and cloud services group is now the capital and incubator group. The renamed group will focus on “developing new, innovative technologies through Lenovo spinoffs or investments in standalone startups while continuing to develop Lenovo’s overall cloud and Big Data platform,” the company said in its announcement.