McBain Steps Down As Lenovo SMB Channel Exec


Longtime Lenovo and IBM veteran Jay McBain has stepped down from his post as director of small and medium business at Lenovo.

"After 16 years, 5 locations, and about 12 different jobs, I bid farewell to Lenovo and IBM," McBain wrote in a farewell blog post on Sunday.

McBain didn't offer insight into his future plans, and he couldn't be reached for comment on Monday. In the blog post, McBain spoke of the trends he's been following during his time at IBM and Lenovo, which include the emergence of pervasive computing, smartphones and tablets, and cloud computing.

"I have been extremely fortunate to be a futurist during my years at the company," McBain wrote in the blog post. "Every industry will be impacted including what I believe will be revolutionary change in education and healthcare. I believe that history books will mark 2010 as the year the technology world shifted."

McBain recently wrote about the direction of the social media phenomenon and its impact on the evolving role of solution providers. Earlier this month, McBain advocated that resellers ought to pursue underequipped SMBs, whom McBain believes offer a unique opportunity to the channel.

McBain was named SMB director for Lenovo's North American channel sales in April of 2009 and pursued an strategy at Lenovo that emphasized managing product teams and products and leading an aggressive solution provider recruitment campaign.