Senior ex-IBM executive leaves Lenovo

The departure of Scott Smith shows that the US remains a challenging market for Chinese PC company Lenovo, and raises questions about the acquisition of IBM PCD.

The news that LenovoÆs Americas president Scott Smith was leaving ôto pursue other interestsö shows the worldÆs third largest PC company has not yet found the right person to roll out a successful US strategy, say observers.

The challenges facing Lenovo in such an important foreign market will be closely followed by investors, given the well-documented difficulties of other Chinese companies in expanding abroad.

Smith, a 22-year IBM veteran, was effectively the CEO of the North and South American operations...

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