By Andrew Seymour
Imtiaz Ghani quits as regional manager for Lenovo Middle East, Egypt and Pakistan
PC vendor Lenovo is preparing to embark on a search for a new Middle East boss after parting company with Imtiaz Ghani.
A spokesperson for Lenovo's regional operations confirmed to Channel Middle East that Ghani left his position yesterday.
Ghani - who officially held the post of regional manager Middle East, Egypt and Pakistan (MEEP) - has been at the helm of Lenovo's operations since the vendor completed its $1.75 billion acquisition of IBM's personal computing business three years ago. He was given the task of developing the Chinese vendor's brand in the Middle East after previously working as IBM's regional PC division boss.
As well as driving the company's channel strategy in the region, Ghani also oversaw the launch of the ‘3000' product family - the first ever Lenovo-branded PCs to be offered in the Middle East. However, the vendor still trails the likes of HP, Acer and Dell in the market share stakes.
Mathias Schaedel, VP South-East region at Lenovo EMEA said: "Imtiaz led the Lenovo team in the region since the company was formed in 2005, and in his previous 10 years of experience with IBM PCD has been fundamental in building and growing the regional business. His family commitments are now taking him back to his home country, Pakistan, where he will pursue new opportunities in the industry. We wish him all the best."
Lenovo is currently evaluating candidates to take over the MEEP general manager duties, and says it will "make further announcements when appropriate".
Ghani is the second senior member of staff to leave Lenovo within the past nine months. Midway through last year the company also lost the services of marketing chief Mohamed Sharaf - another ex-IBM employee - who left to take up a new challenge outside the industry.