Fed-up with Amar Babu, Lenovo names Rahul Agarwal as India Managing Director

Lenovo has finally moved Amar Babu aside of the India business given he has not been able to deliver to the opportunity in Indian market. However, Lenovo has pretended to elevate Amar Babu to a bigger role. The company appointed Rahul Agarwal as the Managing Director for Lenovo India, effective June 29, 2015.  

The press release says that Rahul takes over from Amar Babu, who will now take on a regional mandate as COO, Lenovo, Asia Pacific and Chairman, Lenovo India.

Rahul Agarwal takes charge at a time, when Lenovo is facing difficult times in the PC business and struggling to sell the newly bought server business from IBM. While the company has found temporary relief in the mobile handset business, it is not confident of making money for too long a time in the presence of Chinese brothern such as Xiomi and others who are cutting the margins significantly.

“Rahul’s wealth of experience has been instrumental in driving Lenovo’s growth and making him the natural choice to take over from Amar Babu,” said Roderick Lappin, president, Asia Pacific, Lenovo, “India, under the stewardship of Amar as India head and Rahul as the head of commercial business, has seen phenomenal growth over the last few years. This growth has not only made our business stronger here, but has also contributed to our global success. As the brand takes on bigger challenges in India and globally, we look forward to Amar and Rahul to play a decisive role in our future successes.”

Rahul, over the last 3 years, has led the Commercial Business successfully and steered its tremendous growth which significantly contributed to Lenovo India’s overall success. During the last 10 years at Lenovo, Rahul managed many roles in sales and marketing and has contributed significantly in growing the brand in the country.

With the integration of Motorola Mobility and IBM x86 business being complete, Lenovo will have the scale and efficiency to operate more effectively in this highly-competitive and dynamic market as an end-to-end devices player. Lenovo’s recent launch of a whole range of enterprise and consumer devices in the region shows the company is poised to make India a growth engine in the enterprise and consumer technology market. 

Rahul Agarwal Biography

Rahul Agarwal has been the Executive Director, Commercial & Enterprise Business, Lenovo India, and has been heading the Commercial Business since April 2011. Post the acquisition of IBM’s x86 server business in 2014, Lenovo’s Commercial Business also includes the server division. Combining the strengths of its PC and EBG (Enterprise Business Group) teams, the Commercial business is now known as Integrated Named Commercial Business, with Rahul at the helm. Before the current role, Rahul played several key roles including heading the Lenovo marketing and leading Lenovo’s global marketing hub in Bangalore. Prior to Lenovo, Rahul was associated with IBM’s PCD (PC Division). He holds a management degree from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.