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Former Acer CEO and President Gianfranco Lanci.  (Source: crunchgear.com)
Could not agree with Acer board members on direction of company

Gianfranco Lanci, the president and CEO of Acer has resigned from the company, effective immediately.

According to a press release dated today from Taiwan's leading PC supplier, Lanci had a different vision for the future direction of the company from Acer's board of directors. "They placed different levels of importance on scale, growth, customer value creation, brand position enhancement, and on resource allocation and methods of implementation," the statement said.

The two parties could not come to an agreement despite months of dialogue. Effective immediately, Acer Chairman J.T. Wang will fill in for Lanci in the interim.

"In this new ICT industry," Wang said, "Acer needs a period of time for adjustment. With the spirit of entrepreneurship, we will face new challenges and look to the future with confidence."

The company expressed appreciation for Lanci's "significant" contributions "toward Acer's growth," and wished him "all the best in his future endeavors."

The shakeup comes just two days after CENS.com reported that Acer founder Stan Shih urged the company to revamp its operations to focus on higher profit margins instead of PC-market domination. 

Acer revised its sales targets downward for the second straight quarter -- from a 3-percent profit to a 10-percent decline -- which prompted the remarks from Shih, who cited the "new perspective" that Apple's products have brought to the tech field.

Acer's plans for the last few years have been to become the global leader in PC shipments. The company successfully booted Dell from the #2 spot last July, but slipped back in the following quarter.

Shih said that Acer should mimic Apple by also servicing its own products, rather than tirelessly pursuing volume growth. 



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Had decent products
By Visual on 4/3/2011 6:24:33 AM , Rating: 2
Acer had some very nice thing going with the Timeline series, using CULV CPUs for great battery life, with switchable graphic options. The only competition really was the similar Asus line UL50VG, UL80VT etc. But Asus used slow nVidia cards and didn't update quick enough to match the Acer performance.
Update those for Sandy Bridge and you'll be a winner again, Acer.

There was also the tablet 1820ptz that I was dead-set on getting, but it never became available where I am. Acer's own fault that it lost my purchase there.
But make a sandy-bridge ultra-portable tablet convertible now, and you'll have me again. Or a version with switchable graphics, even if it's a bit larger, I'd like that too.

Their policy might be low-margin to make stuff affordable, but they still sell extras like extended warranty which I guess most people would buy, and that's pure profit if their products are quality and don't break.




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