The Top 25 Newsmakers of 2006 – Number 10: Lenovo Murray Wright

Last year’s top newsmaker had a short time at Lenovo Canada, but during his reign at the computer maker he introduced the first line of desktop PCs, notebooks and monitors without the IBM name since the acquisition of Big Blue’s Think-branded products more than a year ago.

The products are designed to complement the Think line of desktops and notebooks and are specifically aimed at small-to- medium-sized businesses.

With the help of Peter Sutherland, the division’s business unit executive for channel sales, the Lenovo 3000 line was created for the very small business customer whose company has one to 10 employees. The Lenovo 3000 has an affordable price and is built for sale by small VARs.

That announcement alone would have enabled Wright to crack the top 25 again, but he wasn’t finished making headlines.

The high-powered executive is moving to Clearwater, Fla., to head Tech Data’s U.S. sales.

“Lots of changes in this industry, and I guess I am part of it,” said Wright, who had been running Lenovo Canada since October, 2005.

Before that he was the long-time president of Ingram Micro Canada.

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