Feeds

Ex-Acer chief grasps reins of Lenovo's EMEA biz

Gianfranco Lanci rides again

Security for virtualized datacentres

Gianfranco Lanci, who quit Acer after a series of boardroom wrangles nine months ago, has been picked up by rival computer company Lenovo to head up their operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Lanci, CEO of Acer until March last year, has just been appointed head of Lenovo's EMEA PC division as the Chinese giant reorganises. The hire formalises Lanci's role with Lenovo, where he has been working as a consultant since September.

Lenovo has had impressive success in the difficult PC market, becoming the second biggest computer manufacturer this year pushing Acer down to fourth place and Dell to third. Acer by contrast has fallen into problems as sales and profits have dived in the past two quarters, in the UK for example shipments of Acer units fell 52 per cent in Q3 as compared to the previous quarter.

Lanci left Acer in March 2011 following boardroom disagreements over the company's future.

"They placed different levels of importance on scale, growth, customer value creation, brand position enhancement, and on resource allocation and methods of implementation," said the Acer statement at the time.

It was a move that set off a merry-go-round of senior managerial reshuffles, as Lanci's replacement, Walter Deppeler, was swiftly moved into a different post and global marketing manager Gianpiero Morbello quit, along with UK boss Bobby Watkins and smartphone boss and former Packard Bell CEO Aymar de Lencquesaing.

In his 14 years at Acer, Lanci was credited with building strong relationships with European distributors which were judged to be crucial for the company's worldwide growth. Commentators at the time of his first engagement with rival Lenovo predicted that his shift could spell bad news for his old company. We imagine they won't be thrilled to hear about his new job either. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone
Protecting journalists alone won't protect their sources
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.