Lenovo Hires 2 Dell Executives

The computer maker says the new hires will help strengthen its presence in the Asian market.

Lenovo Group, the worlds third-largest computer maker, has plucked two more executives away from Dell as part of a move to strengthen its Asian operations.

David D. Miller, 42, will join Lenovo on Aug. 17, just a day after he left Dell, as president of Lenovos Asia Pacific division. Miller will also hold the title of senior vice president within the company, according to a Lenovo statement.

In his new position, Miller, who will be based in Singapore, will oversee all sales, marketing, operations, and service and support in the region. He will report directly to Lenovos CEO, William J. Amelio, the company said its Aug. 17 statement.

Miller previously served as the head of Dell China and also worked for several years with Dell Australia. Before that, he worked with Wyle Electronics.

Lenovo also announced that Sotaro Amano, 38, also formerly of Dell, will become president of Lenovo Japan. Amano will join the company on Sept. 1.

While at Dell, Amano served as corporate director of Japan Home and Business Sales and managing director for Dell Miyazaki Customer Center. He has also held a number of sales, marketing and service positions with Dell.

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Amano will be based in Tokyo and will report to Miller, Lenovo said.

Miller will replace Ravi Marwaha, and Amano will succeed Hiroyuki Mukai. Lenovo said Marwaha and Mukai would "take on new missions," but did not give specifics.

Lenovo has a history of hiring Dell executives. On Dec. 21, 2005, the company tapped Amelio as its CEO after he had worked for Dell in its Asian division.

On March 16, Lenovo announced a restructuring plan that included streamlining its worldwide marketing and sales operations and consolidating a number of other divisions.

The Chinese computer makers operations headquarters are in Purchase, N.Y.

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