Acer sues former chief executive officer
Gianfranco Lanci sued for allegedly breach of non-compete clause
PC maker Acer has said that it is suing former president and CEO Gianfranco Lanci in an Italian court, seeking damages for the alleged breach of a non-compete clause.
The Tawainese PC maker claims its former CEO breached a 12-month non-compete clause in his contract when he left the company in 2011. Lanci, who served as Acer CEO for three years and currently heads the EMEA PC unit at Acer rival Lenovo, stepped down from his role with Acer in March after struggling to ‘reach a consensus' with the board regarding the company's future direction.
After parting ways with the company, Lanci took a consulting role in September 2011 with Lenovo. He was on-boarded to work with Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang and the rest of the company's leadership team to boost Lenovo's consumer presence and channels in Western Europe.
"As a consultant to us, Gianfranco brings years of expertise and insights to Lenovo that will help us strengthen our growing global consumer business," Lenovo said in a statement at the time.
Four months later, Lenovo restructured its PC unit into four geographical segments namely North America, China, EMEA and Asia- Pacific/Latin America and appointed Lanci to head the EMEA segment.
Lenovo has responded to Acer's legal filing by saying its relationship with Lanci meets all legal requirements, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.