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Lenovo North America president leaves; longtime IBM-Lenovo vet takes over

Aug, 1 2017, 5:37 PM

Emilio Ghilardi, Lenovo's North America president, has left the company. He is being replaced by a long-time IBM-Lenovo veteran on an interim basis.

Christian Teismann replaces Ghilardi, Lenovo announced late Tuesday.

"Christian currently serves as senior vice president and general manager of Lenovo’s worldwide Enterprise Business Segment," a spokesperson says.

"He is familiar with the North America market from his longtime, successful leadership of Lenovo’s Global Accounts business. He has been with IBM/Lenovo for 20+ years."

The spokesperson pointed out that Ghilardi had "over the last two years, Emilio has led Lenovo to its highest PC share in North America."

Ghilardi joined Lenovo from HP in 2015 as vice president and chief operating officer for North America in July 2015. He was promoted to North America President nine months later.

Lenovo's PC sales in the region has been one of the bright spots for the global tech firm as it lost its hold on the world's top PC seller ranking to HP.

"[T]he company is committed to growing its business here across all customer segments through innovation and a relentless focus on customer experience," the spokesperson added.

Lenovo operates one of its two global headquarters in Morrisville. The other is located in Beijing.


Meet Christian Teismann

Christian Teismann is senior vice president and general manager of the Enterprise Business Segment for Lenovo’s PCs and smart devices. He is responsible for strategy, end-to-end customer engagement, and product portfolio including the legendary ThinkPad, Lenovo’s workstations, Chrome and smart office offerings worldwide. He has also successfully led Lenovo’s Global Accounts Business for over 10 years, with clients that comprise the world’s top Fortune 500 companies.

Christian is also acting President & general manager for the North America geography and in that role he is responsible for North America sales, daily operations, growth and profitability of the region -- encompassing the United States and Canada.

Prior to this he was vice president, Worldwide Relationship Model and was responsible for creating Lenovo's sales processes and organizations for enterprise customers, after Lenovo’s acquisition of IBM's PC division in 2005. Christian joined Lenovo from IBM where he was vice president of Sales Operations for IBM's Personal Systems Group.

He holds a degree in economics from the University of Hohenheim and a Masters of Business Administration from the Business Academy in Stuttgart, Germany.

Source: Lenovo






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