Charles Ferland is Vice President & General Manager, Edge Computing and Communication Service Providers at Levovo. He has extensive IT experience and brings substantial knowledge gained through several successful leadership positions. At Lenovo, he leads the strategy, product development and go-to-market definition for the DCG Edge & Telco segment. Mr Freeland’s team is actively developing, optimising and supporting Telco solutions ready to be deployed in NFV and 5G infrastructure.

 

Prior to joining Lenovo, Mr Freeland led the global business development activities at Nuage Networks from Nokia. His responsibilities as Vice President included establishing a global presence with Telecom Service Providers onboarding their NFV journey. In addition, he set up Nuage’s technology partner programme to support collaboration with more than 30 companies. 

 

Prior to joining Nuage, Mr Freeland was the SDN Executive at IBM, responsible for global sales and business development. He also led the IBM System Networking business unit in Europe for several years. His involvement in data centre networking began with the creation of BLADE Network Technologies (BNT, later acquired by IBM) where he was Vice President and General Manager for EMEA. 

 

With over 25 years of international experience, Mr Freeland has a strong background in Software Defined Networking and has been one of the early promoters of the technology. He also participates in many SDN and NFV events, actively engaging customers and developing concrete user cases helping them solve modern data centre and WAN networking issues.