Lanci lands promotion at Acer
Acer has announced that Gianfranco Lanci, currently serving as president of Acer EMEA, will become president of Acer in January 2005. Current Acer president J.T. Wang will step into the role of chairman and CEO when existing boss Stan Shih retires at the end of this year.
Acer has announced that Gianfranco Lanci, currently serving as president of Acer Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and International Operations Business Group (IOBG), will become president of Acer in January 2005. Current Acer president J.T. Wang will step into the role of chairman and CEO when existing boss Stan Shih retires at the end of this year. Lanci’s new role is in recognition of Acer’s strong performance in the EMEA region.
Stan Shih, chairman and CEO at Acer, said: “Gianfranco’s efforts to expand the Acer brand into the European market have reaped tremendous results. In 2003, Acer sales in Europe accounted for more than 60% of our IT product business. Starting in Italy while under Gianfranco’s leadership, Acer has demonstrated strong and steady growth and, in Q2 2004, our notebooks were ranked number one across EMEA. Acer in the United States has also seen substantial growth this year since he began overseeing this market, again proving his ability to turn a challenge into a success.”
J.T. Wang, current president of Acer, added: “Gianfranco brings a highly professional management approach and understanding of cross-regional and cross-cultural issues. I am confident that he has the strength to lead Acer to become one of the top three global PC brands and train the next generation of senior Acer managers.”
Shih continued: “As president of IOBG, he has already built up a good rapport with other members of the management team, including J.T. Wang and Jim Wong — president of IT Products Business Group. Their mutual understanding and trust form the essential basis in building further cooperation across groups and regions in the future.”
Jim Wong and Walter Deppeler, vice presidents of Acer EMEA, will both be promoted to corporate senior vice presidents of Acer in addition to their current roles on January 1st 2005.
Lamci joined Texas Instruments Italy in 1981 becoming country manager in 1991. He became managing director of Acer Italy in 1997 when Texas Instruments' portable business was merged with the Taiwanese PC giant. He assumed the role of Acer Europe president in 2000 and became president of Acer EMEA in 2002 adding the role of IOBG co-head in 2003.
Lanci expects to travel to Taiwan at least once a month once he becomes president. Acer’s performance in EMEA has been rock solid in recent years with a crystal clear channel strategy operating as the foundation for growth.