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Lenovo's EMEA president leaves due to 'strategic disagreements'

One year into the job, Lenovo's EMEA president Eric Cador steps down citing 'strategic disagreements'

Lenovo today announced that Eric Cador, president of its EMEA business, will be stepping down with immediate effect, citing ‘strategic disagreements’.

Taking his place, will be Lenovo’s president of Latin America Luca Rossi. 

The Chinese PC-maker brought Cador in almost exactly a year ago to head up EMEA operations. Prior to his micro-reign at Lenovo, he had served as HP's senior vice president of the Personal System Group EMEA.

“Following  strategic disagreements, I will be leaving Lenovo today,” Cador said on a LinkedIn post. “I want to thank the Lenovo EMEA people who welcomed me very nicely one year ago. I have enjoyed working with them and I’m proud of the job done over the last 12 months. I would like to thank as well all the business partners whom I have worked with.”

He added: “The leadership experience has been valuable even if far too short for me to give its full potential.  Leadership is the ability to learn, turn the page and look forward to a new journey.”

Keen to sweep the the situation under the rug, Lenovo kept its comments focused on El Presidente v2.0. Corporate vice president and COO Gianfranco Lanci said: “Luca has a fantastic track record as a business leader both in and out of Lenovo. In the year that he’s led the LATAM business he has transformed our results and share in what are very complex and diverse markets.” 

“As we look forward he has a great foundation laid by Eric to build on – a foundation that with Luca’s leadership and experience will ensure we can deliver on our business ambitions as a company.” 

Prior to joining Lenovo in 2015 Luca was EMEA president for Acer, and before that he was GM at Asus Europe.

The news comes a day after Lenovo announced that it would be transferring manufacturing operations to Hungary in order to improve shipping times for its European enterprise customers.

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