It hasn't taken Lenovo long to become an industry powerhouse. In July, it overtook Hewlett-Packard to become the world's No. 1 PC maker. Not bad for a company founded in 2004 when China's Legend bought IBM's PC division and opened up a North American beachhead in Morrisville, N.C.
Jay Parker is president of Lenovo North America. He is responsible for $5 billion of business in the U.S. and Canada. The five-year Lenovo veteran was promoted to his current position in February. His responsibilities include Lenovo's commercial channel and retail sales, marketing, and product management for the Idea and Think brands.
CRN caught up with Parker in New York during the launch of Lenovo's Yoga Tablet. He talks about testing the waters on Lenovo services, channel strategy and early success with its server business.