Feeds

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

Gianfranco Lanci rides again

Top three mobile application threats

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. ®

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer
Do the right thing, earn up to 10 years in clink
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.