Women in Tech: Lenovo appoints Shonali Chakravarty as APAC communications leader for its' Data Center Group

Walking the talk on strengthening diversity and women leadership, Lenovo’s Data Center Group business has hired Shonali Chakravarty as the head of communications for the APAC region. Catering to servers, storage and networking infrastructure needs of organisations, the Data Center Group’s business in the region encompasses 13 countries. These include key markets like India, Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, and South Korea. 

As part of her mandate, Chakravarty will drive the Data Center Group’s internal and external communication efforts across APAC’s multilingual and diverse geographies. Reporting to Sachin Bhatia, CMO, Lenovo Data Center Group, APAC, she will provide strategic counsel and support to the company’s APAC business, and will work closely with Sumir Bhatia, President of DCG, Asia-Pacific and his regional leadership team across the Asia-Pacific. 

Prior to this, Chakravarty was director, Communications for OYO, one of the world’s leading hotel chains where she helped run communications for India SA and key international markets. Before that, she has had an exciting stint at Uber heading policy and corporate communications for India SA. She has also spent time in the manufacturing sector having run strategic communications for Essar Group’s Oil & Gas and Power divisions and earned her stripes in public policy and financial PR during her time with Marsh & McLennan companies as well as Edelman. 

Commenting on the appointment, Sachin Bhatia, CMO, Lenovo Data Center Group, APAC , said, “We are extremely pleased to have Shonali join the AP team at Lenovo Data Center Group (DCG). We are firm believers in the power of distributed leadership and look forward to seeing the wonderful stories of passion and grit of our DCG differentiators come alive under her able guidance. From organising Women in Lenovo Leadership (WILL) sessions org-wide to recognising the contributions of our women colleagues at the workplace, we are committed to diversity and inclusion to help drive a culture of innovation and build a talent powerhouse.” 

 Shonali Chakravarty, APAC communications leader, Lenovo Data Center Group said“Through its data center innovations and relentless pursuit of excellence, Lenovo’s Data Center Group has built a solid reputation for responding to the changing needs of businesses across the APAC region. I look forward to partnering with DCG’s exceptionally talented, diverse and passionate team across the Asia-Pacific market and sharing their stories redefine the future of data and technology. In these times of heightened emphasis on business continuity, resilience and the new smart normal as we know it, I am delighted to be a part of the solution.” 

Lenovo Data Center Group has built a strong talent pool over the years as reflected in its management bench strength. Thanks to global initiatives like the Women’s Leadership Development Program, women represent 18.8% of all individuals promoted to executive ranks within Lenovo.