In his prior assignment as the senior vice president of Global Operations at Lenovo, Smith ran the company’s end-to-end supply chain, procurement, supply/demand planning, quality management and customer support functions, as well as the corporate Lean Six Sigma program. He is a PC-industry veteran with extensive knowledge of manufacturing, procurement, logistics, supply and demand planning, as well as services.
As the president of North America, he will report directly to Lenovo’s CEO and Chairman, Yuanqing Yang. This role is one of four existing geographic president roles for the company (also including Europe/Middle East/Africa, Asia Pacific/Latin America and China).
“Gerry is one of our strongest and most proven leaders, who has helped Lenovo establish the best supply chain in our industry,” said Yang in a statement. “Lenovo is outgrowing the market and our competitors in North America, and we are rising in the ranks here just as we are globally. I am confident this momentum will continue under Gerry’s leadership. Gerry will bring the same level of precision, discipline, focus and long term thinking to North America role, as he has done in leading the worldwide operations across the company.”
In a prepared statement, Smith said, “Continued success in North America will be critical to sustaining Lenovo’s global PC leadership, and I look forward to building on the great work of our team in the region. Even as the market slowed last quarter, Lenovo delivered the fastest growth and biggest share gains in the industry. We already have a thriving commercial business with our legendary Think products and just unveiled a new wave of convertibles that have established us as a major player in consumer. We have a deep, talented team here, and we are in a great position to continue our record-setting growth in North America. I am confident we will continue to build on our momentum in North America.”
The full press release is available on Lenovo's website.