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Forum on World Class IT - 359 Interviews and Podcasts

Welcome to the Forum on World Class IT podcast series, a collection of exclusive interviews with Chief Information Officers and other IT industry thought leaders. Learn from the experts on how best to establish a truly World Class IT organization.

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June 25, 2018: Kim Stevenson, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Data Center Infrastructure at Lenovo

  • Kim’s purview at Lenovo, which includes leading the data center infrastructure segment, the high-performance computing and artificial intelligence segment, the software-defined infrastructure segment, and the IoT segment
  • The three things boards and CEOs expect from their CIO, which are (1) to reimagine and define the customer experience, (2) extreme productivity, and (3) that they invent and deliver new products and services
  • The values of having worked in technology-centric organizations and the advantages of having been both a buyer and a seller of technology, including being able to work with more knowledgeable customers
  • The diversity of Lenovo, where the company’s top 25 executives represent 16 different nationalities, and a great many women hold executive leadership positions
  • The benefits of Fu Pan, Lenovo’s unique take on the post-mortem analysis, which focuses on what went right and how to replicate it rather than what went wrong and how to avoid it
  • Kim’s experience on corporate boards, and her belief that the end-to-end visibility and well-rounded set of experiences make technologists increasingly attractive for board membership
  • Kim’s thoughts on the state of women in technology, including her belief that there are more than enough qualified women, but the challenge is that people recruit from their own network, which is often limited
  • Eye on the Trends: private cloud, containers, micro-services, and 5G

Kim is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Data Center Infrastructure at Lenovo, a multinational technology giant with $45 billion in revenue. In this role, Kim leads Lenovo’s data center infrastructure segment, high-performance computing and artificial intelligence segment, software-defined infrastructure segment, and the new IoT segment.

Prior to joining Lenovo, Kim was Chief Operating Officer of the Client, IoT, and Systems Architecture Group at Intel. Before that, she held several other senior executive positions at Intel including Corporate Vice President and CIO, and Vice President and General Manager of IT Operations and Services before that. Prior to joining Intel, Kim was Vice President and General Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise where she served customers in the Communications, Media and Entertainment industry. Before HPE, Kim was a Vice President at EDS. Kim spent the first two decades of her career at IBM.

Kim received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Management from Northeastern University, and an MBA from Cornell University.

Kim is a member of the board of directors for Boston Private, and previously sat on the boards of Cloudera, Riverbed Technology, among other companies.

 

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