Mumbai: Lenovo Group Ltd, a global computer and smartphone vendor, on Friday announced the appointment of Roderick Lappin as president of Lenovo’s Asia-Pacific region, effective 1 April.

Lappin, who has been with Lenovo since 2007, last served as general manager of Asia Pacific Mature Market (APMM—comprising of Japan, Australia and New Zealand) and vice-president of Lenovo Group.

Ken Wong, vice-president of operations of emerging markets group has also been promoted to vice president of strategy and planning. The management changes come on the back of Lenovo merging its Asia-Pacific Emerging Markets (APEM) and Asia-Pacific Mature Markets (APMM) businesses into a single unit to operate more effectively in this highly-competitive and dynamic market, Lenovo said in a statement.

Currently based in Japan, Lappin intends to stay in Tokyo where he will run the Asia-Pacific business and will remain the president of NEC Lenovo Japan group. He will continue to lead the Japan and Australia and New Zealand business and will report to Gianfranco Lanci, Lenovo’s chief operating officer and executive senior vice-president.

“Rod has a wealth of experience in creating successful businesses in mature and emerging markets, making him the best person to head up the new Asia-Pacific business for Lenovo," said Lanci.

“I have set my sights to not only continue Lenovo’s momentum in the PC market, but to elevate our positions in other key categories including mobile and other consumer computing devices across Asia-Pacific," said Lappin.

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