As President and CEO of Canalys since its founding in 1998, Steve Brazier delivers in-depth analysis, targeted trends insights and senior counsel to high-tech decision-makers. Now ranked as one of the top 30 global industry analyst firms, Canalys has established successful operations across three continents – Europe, North America and Asia.
Steve’s expertise spans the full range of the firm’s research areas including mobility, IT infrastructure and channel strategy. He is recognized in the technology industry as a leading source of distribution channel trends and routes-to-market strategy.
Previously, Steve worked for the Dataquest subsidiary of Gartner, where he held various posts, culminating in Principal Analyst and Associate Director. Prior to 1993, Steve was a consultant for technology research firm INTECO (now Gartner-owned), for which he worked for a time in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Steve holds a Joint Honors Degree in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Bristol, UK. He also completed an International Executive Management Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in the United States.
Chairman & CEO - Lenovo
Mr. Yuanqing Yang joined Lenovo Group in 1989.
Mr. Yang has played a key role in Lenovo’s transformation into a global company. Under his leadership, in May 2005, Lenovo completed the acquisition of IBM PC business. In October 2014, Lenovo completed the acquisitions of IBM x86 server business and Motorola Mobility. Now, Lenovo is not only a leading PC company in the world but also one of the major players in global server market and smartphone market.
In 2011, Finance Asia voted Mr. Yang the Best CEO in China. In 2004 and 2012, Mr. Yang was named “CCTV China Annual Economic Figure”. He was in Barron's Best CEOs list in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2014, Mr. Yang won Edison Achievement Award.
Mr. Yang was born in Anhui Province of China in November, 1964. He graduated from the University of Science and Technology of China (“USTC”) in 1989 with a Master’s degree in Computer Science. Mr. Yang serves as the deputy to the 13th National People’s Congress of China; a member of the International Advisory Council of Brookings Institute; and a board member of Baidu, Inc.
President, Asia Pacific and Japan - HP Inc.
Richard Bailey is President of the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) for HP. In this role,Richard is responsible for the go-to-market strategy and overall financial performance of the HP APJ business, which encompasses PCs, printers, and managed services for both commercial and consumer segments.
Previously, Richard was Senior Vice President of Customer Support & Solutions, an organization of more than 12,000 worldwide employees which provides industry-leading customer support and solutions to more than 150 million HP customers. In this role he was responsible for driving innovation in digital support and analytics; managing the daily support operations business; ensuring a range of customers from consumers to large enterprise businesses have access to the complete solutions and services they need and overseeing experience, satisfaction and service delivery to HP customers worldwide.
Richard has held senior leadership positions at both local and regional levels over a 20-year period. He has extensive experience in a variety of fields including product sales and marketing, customer support, supply chain and operation, service and go-to-market delivery as well as commercial financing with small medium businesses and large enterprises across a wide variety of industries. Richard joined HP in 2006.
Prior to HP, he was the Managing Director for GE Commercial Equipment Finance Australia & New Zealand (GE Capital) and Principal and Managing Director of ALC Finance Group (acquired by GE).
Richard is a member of the Service Executives Industry Board and the Technology Services Industry Association. He is also a Senior Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA). Richard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Western Australia in Perth.
He is based in Singapore.
Jordan De leon
Senior Analyst - Canalys
Jordan is a Senior Analyst at Canalys, where he leads the Channels Analysis Asia Pacific service. He analyzes the channel ecosystem and IT vendor go-to-market strategies in the region. He also supports the Partner Program Analysis service, working as part of the global channels team.
Prior to joining Canalys in 2014, Jordan was a copywriter and consultant for Quadmark, a global consulting and training organization based in Singapore. Here he worked on training and sales enablement tools for sales reps, resellers and retailers from clients such as HP, Cisco and Google. He developed cheat sheets, sales tools and online training modules, and also created content for mobile apps. Before moving to Singapore in 2011, he worked as an account manager for a PR agency in the Philippines, serving multinational clients such as Nestlé (Nescafé and Nido) and Pepsi.
He is a proficient and experienced writer, having worked for various publications in the Philippines, including the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the country’s leading newspaper.
Jordan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Technology from the University of Santo Tomas, and is a licensed medical technologist in the Philippines.
Vice President, Marketing - Canalys
Rachel Lashford leads Canalys’ worldwide marketing activities, promoting the company, its global services and apps, and Canalys' partner community, Candefero.
Rachel joined Canalys in September 2000 and is now based in its EMEA office in the UK. In her previous role at Canalys, she was leading a global team of industry analysts and technology product-based services. She also worked in Singapore for nine years, leading Canalys’ APAC operations after having established the company’s first office in the region in 2006. This was followed by the opening of the Shanghai office in 2011.
Rachel presents on mobility, autonomous vehicles and emerging tech trends at various vendor and industry events as well as Canalys forums. She is widely quoted in the top-tier press, as well as appearing regularly on major news channels. She has advised clients around the world and has been involved in numerous custom projects.
Before Canalys, Rachel worked in the industrial chemicals industry, for Bayer. She graduated from Warwick University with an Honors Degree in Philosophy and participated in INSEAD’s "Leading for results" program.