Hi there! My name is Jane Ashworth and I’m the Director of Worldwide Strategic Channel partnerships at Lenovo. Outside of work, I’m married and have two daughters, one in the first year of her degree at Manchester University and the other who is in lower sixth. I also have a dog called ‘Eddie’ and we go for lots of lovely runs and walks together. Aside from this, I like to have time to reflect and think by running outside or going to the gym.
I grew up in a town called Warrington in the North West of England and I’m the eldest of 3 siblings. As for my parents, my mum was a headteacher of a primary school and my dad was an engineer.
My mum and dad had not come from privileged backgrounds, my dad particularly had worked super hard to get where he was. He’d started his life in the UK at the age of 7 having been displaced in the Suez crisis. He’d had to learn English and always pushed himself to be further educated. I’m sure that this is where my self-motivation stems from. Because of my dad, physics and electronics were always around me growing up.
Growing up I went to the local junior and secondary schools. I struggled to study at school and was always middle of the class, but where I did thrive were the more practical subjects of Product Design, Art and Textiles.
I really started to find what I was good at at A levels. I studied Business Studies, Geography and Textiles and I selected the subjects based on what I enjoyed. Because of that, I did really well and went on to University to complete a BA(Hons) degree in Marketing with Textiles.
Once I started my degree, I realized that I loved business and Marketing which is what I decided to major in later in my degree.
My job now means that I get to work with some really cool partners for Lenovo including, Intel, Microsoft and AMD, making sure that we are working together to give our customers the best possible technology.
It’s a really exciting role where I get to make decisions about how we sell our solutions around the world, and I get to travel to some amazing places!
Importantly, I also head up Lenovo’s Women in Lenovo resource group because it’s important to me that we make a shift in seeing more females and overall diversity in the technology markets. In the future, I’d like to be one of a group of senior females leading Lenovo’s business and making sure that we progress to make a difference in the diversity of voice in technology.