Lenovo, the world’s largest PC maker and third largest smartphone maker, has appointed Rahul Agarwal as the Managing Director for its India operations. Rahul takes succeeds Amar Babu, who has been elevated as COO, Lenovo, Asia Pacific and Chairman, Lenovo India.
Rahul Agarwal takes charge at a time, when Lenovo is gearing up for its next phase of growth, diversifying beyond PCs into the smart connected devices while maintaining a strong PC focus. The company is transforming into a global consumer technology brand differentiating itself on innovation and design. India plays a key role in this transformation and therefore is an extremely critical market for the company. Rahul’s extensive and multi-functional experience will help in India’s continued growth and increased contribution to Lenovo’s global success, states press release of Lenovo.
Rahul Agarwal has been the Executive Director, Commercial & Enterprise Business, Lenovo India, and has been heading the Commercial Business since April 2011. Post the acquisition of IBM’s x86 server business in 2014, Lenovo’s Commercial Business also includes the server division. Combining the strengths of its PC and EBG (Enterprise Business Group) teams, the Commercial business is now known as Integrated Named Commercial Business, with Rahul at the helm. Before the current role, Rahul played several key roles including heading the Lenovo marketing and leading Lenovo’s global marketing hub in Bangalore. Prior to Lenovo, Rahul was associated with IBM’s PCD (PC Division). During the last 10 years at Lenovo, Rahul has also managed many roles in sales and marketing and has contributed significantly in growing the brand in the country. He holds a management degree from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, adds the statement.
“Rahul’s wealth of experience has been instrumental in driving Lenovo’s growth and making him the natural choice to take over from Amar Babu,” said Roderick Lappin, president, Asia Pacific, Lenovo, “India, under the stewardship of Amar as India head and Rahul as the head of commercial business, has seen phenomenal growth over the last few years. This growth has not only made our business stronger here, but has also contributed to our global success. As the brand takes on bigger challenges in India and globally, we look forward to Amar and Rahul to play a decisive role in our future successes.”