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Acer has announced that following months of dialogue between the CEO and President, Gianfranco Lanci and Acer’s Board of Directors a consensus on the future of the company could not be reached and Lanci has resigned, effective immediately.

The announcement was made this morning after Lanci’s resignation was approved by the Board of Directors. Acer’s Chairman JT Wang will take on the acting role in the interim period and the company has commenced with planning the organisational and operational adjustments which will result. “On the company’s future development, Lanci held different views from a majority of the board members, and could not reach a consensus following several months’ of dialogue,” a company statement said.
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The company and Lanci placed different levels of importance on “scale, growth, customer value creation, brand position enhancement, and on resource allocation and methods of implementation.” Acer says that the change will not affect current operations as all areas of Acer’s multi-national management team had been flagged regarding this move. Wang said: “The personal computer remains the core of our business. We have built up a strong foundation and will continue to expand within, especially in the commercial PC segment. In addition, we are stepping into the new mobile device market, where we will invest cautiously and aim to become one of the leading players.”

Acer has moved to quickly fill one of the roles which Lanci had held. It has announced that Acer Deputy President of Acer EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), Walter Deppele will take over as President of Acer EMEA – a role previously held by Lanci. Deppele, 54, has been with Acer since 1997. The company expressed its appreciation for Lanci’s efforts and wished him all the best in his future endeavours.

Source: Acer 1, 2

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