The FINANCIAL — Torod Neptune is to join Lenovo as Vice President Global Communications, starting 27th March.
Torod is currently Vice President of Corporate Communications for Verizon Communications and succeeds Jeff Shafer who moved to lead communications at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro at the end of 2016. Torod will report to Lenovo Chief Marketing Officer David Roman.
Commenting on Torod’s appointment Lenovo CMO, David Roman, said: “As we continue to expand and strengthen our team of world-class marketing talent, Torod’s exceptional pedigree and experience in the technology industry makes him a fantastic addition to Lenovo. I know he will bring great leadership to our global communicators as we continue to build the Lenovo brand and business around the world.”
Torod added: “Lenovo is a global, dynamic company, delivering incredible value to enterprises and consumers worldwide. I’m certainly excited to join the team. The communications function is a highly-valued outcomes-driven group. I’m looking forward to continuing the great work we’re doing to amplify the Lenovo brand and reputation.”
Torod joins Lenovo from Verizon where he has overseen communications for each of the company’s major business units, including managing a global team across the US, APAC, EMEA, and Latin America. Most recently he was responsible for defining and managing Verizon’s communications strategies worldwide, including corporate messaging; social media; digital strategy; public affairs; media and industry analyst relations; executive communications; community relations and multicultural and employee communications, according to Lenovo.
Before joining Verizon, Torod was SVP & Global Public Affairs Practice Leader for Waggener Edstrom Worldwide (WE) where he oversaw the company’s Washington, D.C., Seattle, Beijing, and Brussels offices. Whilst there, he was responsible for the company’s global crisis and issues management practices; directed brand and reputation management, as well as public affairs and issues advocacy work for many of the world’s leading technology innovators.