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Innovation Design Center of Lenovo, Beijing, China
Yao Yingija is vice president, chief designer and director of the smart device and service platform of the Lenovo Group in Beijing, China. Yao is the first designer ever that started at Lenovo and helped to position the company in the market with a focus on industrial design. Today, he leads a global design team, consisting of more than 200 employees, and holding some thousand patents. Yao´s team has over 15 years of experience in IT and internet and builds a completely new unit for smart device accelerators and service platforms for Lenovo. They have been honored with more than 160 Chinese and international design awards. Prior to that, he was president for the design of the Auspicious Clouds Torch of the Olympic Games in 2008 in Beijing. (November 2018)