Looks like Lenovo is going all in. At least as far as putting its organizational structure where its dreams lie. After selling then reacquiring its mobile phone biz and retrenching its Tablet biz last year, Lenovo is setting up a new team to focus on Tablets, smartphones, TVs and other web connected devices.
The new division will be headed by former Lenovo product group exec Liu Jun and be based in China. Lenovo’s charge is to harness the potential of the mobile Internet. Jun will be replaced by Peter Hortensius who says that the first Lenovo Tablets we will see in the US will come from the Business Unit. Hortensius says, “this is definitely going to be a very important year in Tablets.”
Hmm? You think,
Via Seattle PI
Press Release follows:
Lenovo Creates New Mobile Internet Business Group to Focus on Tablets, Smartphones and Smart TVs
BEIJING–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced it is establishing a new business group, the Mobile Internet and Digital Home Business Group (MIDH), responsible for creating mobile Internet-focused devices, including tablets and smartphones, as well as devices for new categories like cloud computing, smart TV and the digital home. The group will be responsible for developing services and applications that will fuel these next generation “convergence” devices.
Liu Jun, formerly senior vice president and president of Lenovo’s Product Group, will lead the new group as president. He is based at the company’s China headquarters in Beijing. The company has promoted Peter Hortensius, formerly head of its Think Product Group, to president of its Product Group. He is based at Lenovo’s U.S. headquarters in Raleigh, NC.
“Lenovo recognizes the tremendous growth potential of the mobile internet, as well as that of new categories like cloud computing and smart TV, and so we are putting the focus and investments in place to fully capitalize on these opportunities to drive growth in our business today and for many years to come,” said Yang Yuanqing, chief executive officer, Lenovo. “The Mobile Internet and Digital Home Business Group will help us leverage our leadership in the PC arena to create a rich portfolio of Internet-centric devices. At the same time, we’ll use our creativity, innovation and technical prowess to help our customers navigate the future of personal technology worldwide.”
Mobile Internet Products Gain Momentum
Lenovo is already delivering products tailored to the mobile Internet space. Lenovo launched the IdeaPad U1 Hybrid (a combination of a slate and laptop) and the LePad slate at the recent International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. In 2010, the company entered the smartphone market in China with the launch of the Lenovo smartphone to become one of China’s leading mobile phone players, accelerating Lenovo’s growth in the mobile device category. Lenovo also showcased smart TV and digital home technologies at CES and has plans to develop and deliver new products in these areas.
New Group Gains Senior Leader
Liu Jun brings extensive experience from the PC industry to the MIDH. As the former head of Lenovo’s Product Group, he helped accelerate rapid growth in Lenovo’s consumer and commercial businesses, helping the company to achieve its recent business momentum and record high worldwide market share of 10.4 percent. In 2008, he managed Lenovo’s entrance into the consumer market worldwide with the launch of the Idea brand. Now Idea-branded products are available in more than 90 countries, and Idea is the fastest growing consumer PC brand among the top six PC vendors1. Additionally, Lenovo’s IdeaCentre desktop business is ranked third worldwide1 with all-in-one consumer desktops more than doubling sales year-over-year. Under Liu’s leadership, the company achieved growth and profitability for Lenovo’s Think-branded commercial products by introducing products like the ThinkPad Edge line of laptops to gain new customers in small-to-medium business while protecting its large commercial business with innovative products like the ThinkPad T410s, heralded as the fastest laptop of 2010 by LAPTOP magazine.
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building exceptionally engineered personal computers. Lenovo’s business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com.