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ILR's Program on Globalization and the Workplace invites you to:

September 16, Ithaca Campus

New World, New Winners: Lenovo's Strategies for Winning in a Borderless World

Presentation and Q&A by

William J. Amelio
President and Chief Executive Officer
Lenovo Group Limited


Kenneth DiPietro, ILR '81
Senior Vice President of Human Resources
Lenovo Group Limited

Date: September 16, 2008
Time: 9:00–10:30 am,
Location: ILR Conference Center, Room 423
Open to the public

About the Presenters

William AmelioWilliam J. Amelio is president and CEO of Lenovo Group Limited, the world's most innovative personal computing company, with a business model built on innovation, operational excellence, customer satisfaction, and a focus on investment in emerging markets. The company develops, manufactures, and markets reliable, high-quality, secure, and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. Mr. Amelio joined Lenovo from Dell Inc., where, beginning in 2001, he served as senior vice president, Asia-Pacific and Japan, with responsibility for strategy and operations across the region. During his tenure, sales more than doubled in the region, and service levels improved significantly, as measured by third-party customer satisfaction metrics. From 2000 until 2001, Mr. Amelio was executive vice president and chief operating officer of NCR Corporation’s Retail and Financial Group, one of its two businesses. Mr. Amelio has a master's degree in management from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University. 

Kenneth DiPietroKenneth DiPietro is a 1981 ILR graduate who is now senior vice president of human resources for Lenovo. Mr. DiPietro brings more than 25 years of experience to Lenovo in both human resources and organizational development. Prior to joining Lenovo, he served as a full-time HR consultant to the Lenovo executive staff. Most recently, he served as the corporate vice president of human resources at Microsoft Corporation. In that role, he was responsible for developing strategies and programs to enhance staffing, compensation, benefits, executive development, diversity, and workplace culture for Microsoft worldwide.