Lenovo Hires Ex-Intel Exec Ryan McCurdy To Lead North America Business
Ryan McCurdy, who most recently led sales relationships with Intel’s largest OEM and cloud customers, is set to become Lenovo’s second North American president in as many years after the company moved Vlad Rozanovich, a former AMD executive who joined in 2021, to lead worldwide infrastructure sales in late June.
Lenovo has hired former Intel sales executive Ryan McCurdy to succeed Vlad Rozanovich as senior vice president and president of North America.
The Beijing-based IT giant said Tuesday that McCurdy will oversee the company’s device, infrastructure and services and solutions businesses in North America when he starts on Sept. 1. He will report to Matt Zielinski, executive vice president and president of international markets at Lenovo.
“We are thrilled to welcome Ryan to our Lenovo family,” said Zielinski in a statement. “Ryan’s passion for tech and deep expertise across operations, strategy and major account sales are a perfect fit to lead the North America business and will undoubtedly drive and propel the region to new heights.”
McCurdy departed Intel last Friday as vice president and general manager of global accounts, a role that put him in charge of sales relationships with Intel’s largest OEM and cloud customers: Dell Technologies, HP Inc., Lenovo, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and Google.
According to Lenovo, McCurdy’s responsibilities at Intel as head of global accounts included “leading strategic customer relationships, revenue, design win pipeline, co-marketing and sales across Intel’s largest and most strategic relationships.” The company added that McCurdy’s teams “oversaw nearly half” of Intel’s roughly $60 billion in annual revenue.
McCurdy, who spent more than 23 years at Intel in various sales roles, is set to become Lenovo’s second North American president in as many years after the company moved Rozanovich, a former AMD executive who joined in 2021, to lead worldwide infrastructure sales in late June.
Before Rozanovich joined Lenovo, the company’s leadership team had a different structure with Zielinski, another former AMD sales executive, leading the Intelligent Devices Group in North America until he became president of the company’s International Sales Organization in early 2021.
McCurdy’s appointment comes as Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang continues to push the company to diversify its business with more revenue from server sales and services offerings.
While the company has suffered from a slump in the PC market this year, its non-PC revenue reached a high of nearly 40 percent in its 2022 fiscal year, which ended March 31, allowing the IT giant to achieve “18-year highs” in both gross margin and operating margin.
For the 2022 fiscal year, Lenovo’s Solutions and Services Group grew 22 percent year over year to $6.7 billion while the Infrastructure Solutions Group grew 37 percent to $9.8 billion. The Intelligent Devices Group, on the other hand, fell 21 percent to $49 billion.
“Our clear strategy is working and our operation is resilient, even in the face of global uncertainties. Going forward, we will continue to invest in R&D to capture the next wave of growth opportunities, so we are well prepared for the future,” Yang said in May.