HP’s former EMEA PC boss, a man who once told us Lenovo wasn’t even close to taking the number one spot in the maker a day before it did, is about to rock up as an exec at the Chinese biz.
Eric Cador will be anointed as senior veep and president of EMEA from the start of next month in a shake-up of the leadership team, replacing Aymar de Lencquesaing.
He quit HP in March 2013 after 28 years' service, some months after telling El Chan that it would take some time for Lenovo to become the world’s biggest shifter of PC boxes. He was wrong and his new employer has remained at the top of the market ever since.
In turn, de Lencquesaing is moving to the US to run Lenovo North America. He was made head of EMEA in February last year. Under his control the firm said it reached 19.7 per cent PC unit market share, revenues grew 40 per cent and it shipped more tabs than any of Lenovo’s other geographies.
The reputed Gallic sales god will be expected to sprinkle a bit of that magic on the other side of the Atlantic, where HP still rules the roost, and where Lenovo held fourth spot in the market share stakes for Q4.
Both execs will report to Gianfranco Lanci, who has been promoted to president and COO of Lenovo.
“We are proud to have the most diverse, experienced and talented leadership team in our industry,” claimed Lanci in a canned statement.
“In Eric, we have attracted a unique talent to our company - an industry veteran with an incredible track record for delivering growth, deep insights to our industry and a strong competitive spirit,” the self licking exec continued.
It would be ironic if the new HP Inc - when it splits from the rest of the business in the autumn - manages to trounce the competition again and recaptures that number spot, particularly if it happens in EMEA. ®