Lenovo Appoints Former Acer CEO Lanci as EMEA Chief

By

International multimedia news agency Reuters reports that former Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci has been picked by Chinese PC maker Lenovo. As per the report, Lanci’s new title is chief of Lenovo's operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Making a statement to the press, Lanci said, “he aims to break into the top three in the region by next year.”

In another statement reported by Reuters, Lanci said, “he sees the rise of tablet computers and other gadgets such as thin Ultrabooks, creating many new opportunities for Lenovo.” He added, “EMEA is a strategically critical market for us, and the company would focus on keeping its position in enterprise sales, while significantly expanding consumer and smaller business sales in the region.”

According to market research firm Gartner, Lenovo is the fastest growing PC vendor among the top five in the region with an 8.2 percent market share in the fourth quarter last year. The top four include Hewlett-Packard , Acer, Asus and Dell.

The report quoted Thomas Evans, an analyst with Canalys, as saying, “Lenovo needs to strengthen its consumer brand in order to overtake Dell and Asus in EMEA.”

“Lanci taking the helm of the EMEA organization is a smart move. He brings a wealth of experience and has strong relationships with the sales channel in the region,” added Evans.

Reuters reporter Tarmo Virki wrote that, “Lanci left Acer abruptly at the end of March last year after a disagreement with other board members over the strategy needed to counter the runaway success of the tablet market, which has cannibalized Acer’s profits.”  

In fact, Lanci joined Lenovo as a consultant late last year. And Acer has filed a lawsuit against this move, wrote Virki. According to Acer, it breached a non-compete clause in an agreement covering his departure from the company in 2011, wrote Virki.






Edited by Jennifer Russell

TechZone360 Contributor

SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Related Articles

Coding and Invention Made Fun

By: Special Guest    10/12/2018

SAM is a series of kits that integrates hardware and software with the Internet. Combining wireless building blocks composed of sensors and actors con…

Read More

Facebook Marketplace Now Leverages AI

By: Paula Bernier    10/3/2018

Artificial intelligence is changing the way businesses interact with customers. Facebook's announcement this week is just another example of how this …

Read More

Oct. 17 Webinar to Address Apache Spark Benefits, Tools

By: Paula Bernier    10/2/2018

In the upcoming webinar "Apache Spark: The New Enterprise Backbone for ETL, Batch and Real-time Streaming," industry experts will offer details on clo…

Read More

It's Black and White: Cybercriminals Are Spending 10x More Than Enterprises to Control, Disrupt and Steal

By: Cynthia S. Artin    9/26/2018

In a stunning new report by Carbon Black, "Hacking, Escalating Attacks and The Role of Threat Hunting" the company revealed that 92% of UK companies s…

Read More

6 Challenges of 5G, and the 9 Pillars of Assurance Strategy

By: Special Guest    9/17/2018

To make 5G possible, everything will change. The 5G network will involve new antennas and chipsets, new architectures, new KPIs, new vendors, cloud di…

Read More