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Huawei Handset Man Jumps to Lenovo

Robert Clark
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Robert Clark
5/22/2014
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Colin Giles has joined Lenovo after less than a year at Huawei, where he was a senior executive at the Chinese giant's Consumer Business Group (which includes the smartphones portfolio).

Giles, the former long-time head of Nokia China, has been appointed vice president of the Lenovo Mobile group and will head up global sales and business expansion. He will report directly to Lenovo handset chief Liu Jun.

In January this year, Lenovo Group Ltd. (Hong Kong: 992) announced the acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google for US$2.91 billion. (See Asia Strengthens Its Grip on Smartphone Market.)

Giles joined Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. in July 2013 and held the job title EVP, marketing, retail and open channel development. (See Huawei Snaps Up Ex-Nokia Exec.)

Giles recently chatted with Light Reading about how his main challenge was to build the Huawei handset brand. Now he has perhaps a bigger challenge -- to help Lenovo, a major PC manufacturer, become a major international smartphone brand. (See Huawei's Handsets Man Has Been Here Before.)

— Robert Clark, contributing editor, special to Light Reading

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thebulk
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thebulk,
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5/24/2014 | 2:53:59 AM
Re: That's a blow for Huawei
I agree that if they can replicate what they did in the PC market with mobile devices it will be interesting. It could be a game changer. 
Mitch Wagner
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5/22/2014 | 7:45:17 PM
Re: That's a blow for Huawei
Lenovo did great things in the PC industry, coming essentially from nowhere in the West to become a top provider in market share and quality. It will be interesting to see what they can do with phone handsets, a market now essentially owned by Apple and Samsung. 
R Clark
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R Clark,
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5/22/2014 | 1:39:16 PM
Re: That's a blow for Huawei
The slight disconnect is that Colin's role at Lenovo is the same as his Huawei post, heading up global (ex-China) sales. But he's spent the last 20 years working in China, along with HK and Taiwan. What he really brings is an ability to work with a Chinese company. Plus you'd think Lenovo has enjoyed getting one up on its rival.
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5/22/2014 | 12:20:13 PM
Re: That's a blow for Huawei
Me too, especially after seeing Moto's new digs in Chicago, which were completely Google-fied. It'll be interesting to see how Lenovo changes things and makes it mark. It'll be a big job for Giles, although maybe not bigger than making Huawei a household name...
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thebulk,
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5/22/2014 | 7:40:35 AM
Re: That's a blow for Huawei
Granted its bad news for Huawei, but I am excited to see what Lenovo has in the pipe!
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5/22/2014 | 7:06:47 AM
That's a blow for Huawei
Good news for lenovo, but where will Huawei find someone else with that experience and cultural know-how?
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