Bockhop will be replaced by 30-year industry veteran Steve Biondi who has held various top channel and sales roles for Avaya, Oracle, VMware and Biggish Blue.
Lenovo confirmed that Biondi is now head of partnerships and channels for Lenovo’s North American Data Center Group. Bockhop is currently executive director and Lenovo’s North American Data Center Group channel leader.
Biondi worked at IBM for nearly 20 years in various executive positions including vice president of hardware sales for SMB and midmarket in the Americas. He joined VMware in 2009 as vice president, OEM and strategic partner sales for the Americas. He became the global channel supremo and SMB sales leadership position for Avaya in 2015.
Bockhop has been a key figurehead for Lenovo’s channel business over the years and is typically a keynote speaker. Bockhop joined Lenovo in 2005 as director of business partner channels in Canada, leading the company’s channel charge in the country for 12 years before being promoted to head Lenovo’s entire data centre channel business in North America in 2017. Prior to Lenovo, Bockhop had a long career working for IBM in various sales positions.