IT industry veteran Henry Ferriera will join Lenovo South Africa as its new regional GM on 1 January, taking over from Rashid Wally who retires at the end of April 2009.
Wally has served as Lenovo's regional GM for the last four years, prior to which he worked at IBM for more than 30 years.
Wally and Ferreira will work together over a four-month transition period.
Since Lenovo's inception in May 2005, the South Africa region has experienced substantially higher year-on-year growth compared with the average industry standard for the same period.
"I have no doubt Henry will keep up the positive momentum we have achieved over the past four years, continuing to grow the business as well as maintaining our longstanding customer and partner relationships", says Wally. "I am happy to introduce him into the Lenovo family and assist him in the first four months of 2009, to ensure a smooth transition in the leadership of the organisation."
Ferriera is probably best known for leading Compaq and then HP when the two companies merged. Since then he has worked for HP and Nokia Networks in the UK, as well as local stints at Unisys and Microsoft.