Gerry Smith, recently named to lead a reorganized Americas group for Lenovo, has picked Jay Parker, a six-year Lenovo veteran and former Dell executive, to lead North American operations.
Smith recently took over all of the No. 2 PC manufacturer’s operations in North and South America after Lenovo chose to break the South America operations away from its Asia Pacific group.
Smith, who also is Lenovo’s top logisistics executive, took the North American job in November.
Parker joined Lenovo in 2007, and he has served as vice president of consumer and small- and medium-businesses. He worked at Dell for 10 years. Parker is one of several Dell executives recruited to Lenovo after Lenovo acquired IBM’s PC business in 2005. Smith also was among that group.
Lenovo will maintain general managers who oversee operations in Brazil and in Latin American-Spanish speaking countries. They will report to Smith as will Parker, according to Milanka Muecke, director of North America public relations and communications for Lenovo.
“With this new structure, Lenovo is well positioned for growth across both continents not just in PCs, but also in the PC+ era,” Muecke said.
“Our expanded geography provides further opportunities for combined growth, but we will remain focused on each organization and its success. This also provides opportunities for our top leaders to take on greater responsibilities.”
Parker will be responsible for North America sales, daily operations, growth and profitability.
His biography as provided by Lenovo:
As Lenovo’s President of North America, Jay Parker is responsible for North America sales, daily operations, growth and profitability of the region — encompassing the United States and Canada. Prior to assuming this position in February 2013, Mr. Parker served as Vice President and General Manager of Lenovo’s North America Consumer and Small-Medium business unit. His responsibilities included commercial channel and retail sales, marketing, and product management for Idea and Think brands.
Under his leadership, Lenovo has seen a dramatic increase in the retail presence and consumer sales, as well as unprecedented gains in the commercial channel business.
When he joined Lenovo in 2007, Mr. Parker held the role of Vice President, Operations for North America. In this position, he was responsible for sales operations, product management, pricing, supply/demand, and incentives/commissions for the region.
Before joining Lenovo, Mr. Parker spent more than 10 years at Dell, Inc. most recently leading worldwide marketing for server products. He held a similar role for notebook computers, with additional experiences across various business, consumer, and operational functions.
Mr. Parker holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland and the bachelor’s degree in the same field from Wake Forest University.
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