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Top Microsoft Channel Executive Goes to Lenovo

Microsoft's OEM chief, Scott Di Valerio, is leaving the company to join Chinese computermaker Lenovo. Di Valerio will be senior vice president at Lenovo and president of the Americas Group.

Di Valerio, 45, starts his new job on Dec. 3. He'll report to William Amelio, president and CEO of Lenovo Group Ltd. Di Valerio will be responsible for sales for the Americas. He replaces Rory Read, acting president since January 2007. Read will continue his position as senior vice president for global operations.

Di Valerio's title at Microsoft since November 2005 was corporate vice president of the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Division, and his duties included overseeing relationships with PC manufacturers, such as Lenovo. He also managed relationships with multinational and regional OEMs and embedded systems manufacturers.

Di Valerio served on the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Leadership Team, a Microsoft subsidiary made up of partner-facing executives from across the company that set strategy and policy direction.

Prior to the OEM role, Di Valerio was corporate vice president of Finance and Administration and chief accounting officer. He had also been Microsoft's corporate controller. Before joining Microsoft, Di Valerio was corporate vice president at The Walt Disney Co., CFO at MindWave Software Inc and a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

James Pickney will serve as the interim leader of the Microsoft OEM Division, working with Bill Veghte, corporate vice president of the Windows Business Group, and COO Kevin Turner.

Posted by Scott Bekker on November 06, 2007 at 11:57 AM