& cplSiteName &

Huawei Handset Man Jumps to Lenovo

Robert Clark
News Analysis
Robert Clark
5/22/2014
50%
50%

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

(6)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
thebulk
50%
50%
thebulk,
User Rank: Light Sabre
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
50%
50%
Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
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
50%
50%
R Clark,
User Rank: Blogger
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.
thebulk
50%
50%
thebulk,
User Rank: Light Sabre
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!
Ray@LR
50%
50%
Ray@LR,
User Rank: Blogger
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?
Featured Video
From The Founder
Light Reading founder Steve Saunders grills Cisco's Roland Acra on how he's bringing automation to life inside the data center.
Flash Poll
Upcoming Live Events
March 20-22, 2018, Denver Marriott Tech Center
March 22, 2018, Denver, Colorado | Denver Marriott Tech Center
March 28, 2018, Kansas City Convention Center
April 4, 2018, The Westin Dallas Downtown, Dallas
April 9, 2018, Las Vegas Convention Center
May 14-16, 2018, Austin Convention Center
May 14, 2018, Brazos Hall, Austin, Texas
September 24-26, 2018, Westin Westminster, Denver
October 9, 2018, The Westin Times Square, New York
October 23, 2018, Georgia World Congress Centre, Atlanta, GA
November 8, 2018, The Montcalm by Marble Arch, London
November 15, 2018, The Westin Times Square, New York
December 4-6, 2018, Lisbon, Portugal
All Upcoming Live Events
Hot Topics
Federal Funds for Broadband? Unlikely
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 2/12/2018
Has Europe Switched to a Fiber Diet? Not Yet...
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, 2/15/2018
Net Neutrality: States' Rights vs. the FCC
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 2/13/2018
Will China React to Latest US Huawei, ZTE Slapdown?
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, 2/16/2018
IBM, Microsoft Duke It Out Over Chief Diversity Hire
Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms, 2/15/2018
Animals with Phones
Live Digital Audio

A CSP's digital transformation involves so much more than technology. Crucial – and often most challenging – is the cultural transformation that goes along with it. As Sigma's Chief Technology Officer, Catherine Michel has extensive experience with technology as she leads the company's entire product portfolio and strategy. But she's also no stranger to merging technology and culture, having taken a company — Tribold — from inception to acquisition (by Sigma in 2013), and she continues to advise service providers on how to drive their own transformations. This impressive female leader and vocal advocate for other women in the industry will join Women in Comms for a live radio show to discuss all things digital transformation, including the cultural transformation that goes along with it.

Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed