Scott Smith, one of Lenovo’s top executives and a longtime senior leader at IBM, is leaving the computer manufacturer.

Lenovo, which acquired IBM’s personal computing division in May 2005, is the world’s third-largest PC manufacturer behind Hewlett-Packard and Dell.

“Scott Smith has resigned to pursue other opportunities,” Ray Gorman, executive director of external communications, told WRAL Local Tech Wire. “Rory Reed, senior vice president of operations, will be acting in Smith’s place until a replacement is made.”

Smith was Lenovo’s president for the Americas and a senior vice president. He was one of the top executives remaining with Lenovo after the $1.75 billion acquisition from IBM.

Smith was vice president and general manager for IBM’s Americas personal computers group. He worked at IBM for 22 years.
William Amelio, a former IBM and Dell executive, has brought in numerous senior managers since he took over as Lenovo’s chief executive officer in late 2005.

Computer Reseller News and EE Times linked Smith’s departure to Lenovo’s most recent quarterly earnings report. While Lenovo continues to expand its customer base in China and parts of Asia, it has struggled in the Americas and elsewhere.

Lenovo increased its global market share to 7.0 percent in 2006, up from 6.9 percent in 2005, according to statistics from research firm Gartner. Production did increase nearly 11 percent to more than 16.6 million units. Dell and HP shipped more than 38 million units.

Most of IBM’s personal computing operations were located in Raleigh and around the Triangle. Lenovo is building a new headquarters in Morrisville.