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New GM for Lenovo ASEAN

Staff writer | May 31, 2011
The world's fourth-largest PC vendor - Lenovo - has announced a new general manager for the ASEAN region to chase a double-digit market share.

Lenovo, the US$21 billion personal technology company, which serves customers in more than 160 countries, announced today Koh Kong Meng was taking up the general manager position, replacing Howie Lau, who has been appointed Lenovo's vice president of marketing and communications for the Emerging Market Group.

In the official announcement, Lenovo said: "The emerging markets, which include ASEAN, represent a strong opportunity for rapid growth and an opportunity to reach double-digit market share for Lenovo.

"As a result of executing our 'Protect and attack' strategy, ASEAN has outgrown the market for six consecutive quarters," the statement said.

Grew the Think-brand

Koh joined Lenovo in 2005 during the acquisition of IBM's personal computer division and has held a number of roles culminating in his appointment as executive director for the Key Account Business segment. In this role, he was responsible for growing the Think-brand across ASEAN as well as maintaining relationships with key corporate customers and large enterprises during a time when Lenovo continued to strengthen its leadership in the region.

Prior to Lenovo, Koh was the country manager for the IBM Personal Systems Group in Singapore. Koh was at IBM from 1992 to 2005 and his portfolio included country strategy, key account management for the financial services industry as well as product marketing and management.

Born in Singapore, Koh was educated in the Lion City where he is a graduate of the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor in Business Administration degree. Koh also currently serves on the IT Advisory Council for the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Joined during IBM acquisition

Koh joined Lenovo in 2005 during the acquisition of IBM's personal computer division and has held a number of roles culminating in his appointment as executive director for the key account business segment. In this role, he was responsible for growing the Think-brand across ASEAN, as well as maintaining relationships with key corporate customers and large enterprises during a time when Lenovo says it continued to strengthen its leadership in the region.

Lenovo's product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile Internet devices, including tablets and smartphones. It has major research centres in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina.  

 

 

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