Aymar de Lencquesaing
As Lenovo’s President of North America, Aymar de Lencquesaing is responsible for North America sales, daily operations, growth and profitability of the region — encompassing the United States and Canada. Prior to assuming this position in April 2015, Aymar was President of Lenovo in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Under his leadership, EMEA reached record market share and profitability across a diverse region including more than 120 countries, supported by 50 offices.
Aymar joined Lenovo in 2013 to lead the company’s drive in the mobile space in EMEA and lay the foundations for the company’s expansion plans. He was promoted to president EMEA and senior vice president Lenovo Group in January 2014 and at the same time joined the Lenovo Executive Committee, LEC.
His 30 year career has spanned global leadership roles with companies in both the US and Europe. Over the last ten years he was based in Europe where he was corporate VP and member of the Executive Committee of Capgemini, senior VP and president of SHBG at Acer and CEO of Packard-Bell.
Prior to being in Europe he spent over twenty years in California where he held a variety of leadership positions in large companies such as Softbank, Ziff-Davis and Tandon, as well as a variety of technology start-ups.
Aymar graduated from the ESSEC business school in France in 1981.
Lenovo is a $46 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial and enterprise technology. Lenovo’s portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode Yoga brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a family of mobile products like smartphones (including the Motorola brand), tablets and apps. Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution.
Lenovo is a global PC industry leader and is uniquely positioned to make a difference through its support of education related programs and STEM initiatives. Lenovo aims to advance, enhance and extend education at all levels through its award-winning products and technologies, community investments and STEM program sponsorships. A signature STEM program focused on teaching high school students how to create mobile apps, has been developed in partnership with NAF, reaching high schools across the country.
As a global technology leader, Lenovo is committed to developing STEM/education and workforce development in order to continue to innovate and bring products to market that change people’s lives. Our nation’s – and our world’s – toughest challenges will be solved by scientists and engineers. The country is dependent on a combination of strong talent, training, and passion that is required for our STEM professionals to succeed. It is also critical that we encourage the young generation to pursue STEM careers, so that we continue to create a pipeline of future innovators and problem solvers.
To that end, Lenovo has created a signature program with NAF (formerly, National Academy Foundation) and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) to increase the number of disadvantaged students equipped with the knowledge, skills and experience required for careers in today’s rapidly evolving technology industry. This program is called Lenovo Scholar Network and its objectives include:
- Teaching high school students coding and mobile application development
- Encouraging an entrepreneurial spirit, creative thinking and communications skills among high school students interested in technology careers
- Donating Lenovo technology and empower students to create mobile applications that will solve our world’s problems
- Launching an innovative learning opportunity in public high schools consistent with Lenovo’s corporate identity to “Never Stand Still”
The Lenovo partnership is a critical component of NAF’s plan to achieve the organization’s primary goal: to close the national skills gap and graduate 100,000 college and career ready students by 2020 from urban, underrepresented areas, with specific alignment to high growth, high demand industries, including finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences.
Lenovo Scholar Network was created as a certification program for high school students and a challenge to have a winning mobile app nationwide. Students used MIT’s App Inventor, a joint project of the MIT Media Lab’s Center for Mobile Learning and MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and teachers were supplied with an innovative curriculum to help students learn to code and develop mobile apps. To make it challenging, they competed first at the school level, then at the regional and national level. Online tools were developed to allow industry leaders and partners to learn more about the program and vote for the top five finalist teams. In addition, a public microsite for the program (www.lenovoscholars.com) was developed to promote Lenovo Scholar Network, provide a platform for anyone to view the five finalist mobile apps and video pitches and select a fan favorite. The website also allowed students the opportunity to publish guest blogs about their apps and share their experience with the program.
From 2014-16, nearly 700 students, mostly from disadvantaged populations, have learned to work as team members and gained technology and business skills through the Lenovo Scholar Network. More than half of the students who participated met rigorous criteria created by NAF and MIT to earn the Lenovo App Scholars badge. Academies leveraged their participation in the Lenovo Scholar Network in recruiting middle school students to attend their high schools and in generating interest in software development. Most participating academies reported significant increases in enrollment in program courses as a result of the visibility of the program at their schools.
Another Lenovo STEM program, focused on increasing participation particularly by female students, was launched in January 2016. Teaming up with FabLab, an innovative new weekly television program, www.FabLabTV.com, airing nationally (by the producers of the Teen Choice Awards), Lenovo launched a nationwide talent search named Lenovo Fabfinder to find guest reporters, interested in STEM.
Lenovo Fabfinder gives middle, high school and college students the chance to become a part of the FabLab TV show as correspondents and hosts, covering STEM initiatives led by young people across North America. The talent search is open to students 13 years of age and older. FabLab provides a unique opportunity to help increase diversity in high tech by getting children interested in the ways STEM careers can make the world a better place.
Other STEM focused programs include:
Kramden Institute: Lenovo is the founding sponsor of Kramden Institute, a nonprofit that has refurbished and donated more than 20,000 used computers to hardworking students in grades 3-12 without computer access in their homes. Lenovo employees volunteer to work with middle school students and refurbish thousands of PCs for other students each year.
Boys & Girls Clubs: Our employees have hosted science-fairs, mentored students after school and donated countless hours to renovating, cleaning and building technology centers in local Boys & Girls Clubs.
Hackathon for Middle School Girls
Lenovo-sponsored STEM challenge hosted at Pathways Academy of Technology & Design in Hartford, CT. The academy is part of the Lenovo Scholars Network program. Read more in this Lenovo Scholars student blog.
Lenovo In The Classroom Volunteer Day
In November 2015, more than 40 Lenovo employees visited NAF academies across the U.S., virtually and in person, engaging 1,000+ students in STEM career discussions.
Lenovo North America Day of Service: Annually in April, more than 200 employees volunteer in support of education. In 2015, employees held STEM career readiness workshops and conducted mock interview sessions reaching more than 850 students.
Lenovo provides all employees in the US and Canada 8 hours paid time off each year to volunteer on their own for nonprofits and causes that are important to them. Last year, Lenovo employees in North America volunteered more than 17,000 hours to support a wide variety of community issues.