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Two top executives quit Acer Middle East

Amin Mortazavi and Ali Nemati have stepped down from their positions at the PC vendor

Two top executives quit Acer Middle East
Mortazavi's departure caps a year of senior management changes at many of the region's largest IT vendors.

Barely a year after Acer named its new Middle East and Africa (MEA) region head, Channel Middle East has learnt that Amin Mortazavi, vice president, MEA and Ali Nemati, general manager for the Middle East operation have left the company.

Details about the departure of the two most senior executives at Acer's Middle East operation are still unclear, however, market insiders say despite the vendor's concerted effort to beat off renewed competition from the likes of HP, Dell, ASUS and Lenovo in the region, its PC hardware sales have been sluggish, compounded by a gloomy global PC industry outlook.

It is still not clear when Acer will announce the new head for the MEA operation, but industry sources are speculating that the company may select a senior executive from its South Africa subsidiary as the vendor has continued to have a bigger share of the commercial and server business in that market.

Pundits say the latest development is a set-back to the company's recent channel reinforcements that saw it roll out channel initiatives aimed at raising its presence in the Middle East SMB and commercial space.

Nemati joined Acer Middle East in January this year from HP, where he was channel sales manager for Imaging and Printing Group (IPG), while Mortazavi assumed his role as MEA VP in October 2012 also from HP, where he spent the last 12 years and was the Middle East general manager for IPG.

Acer has experienced challenges over the past two years after the company was forced to write off $150m through overstocking in the first half of 2011. In the same year, Gianfranco Lanci, then CEO and president of Acer Computer resigned from the PC vendor after disagreements over strategy with the Acer board.

Mortazavi and Nemati's departure caps a year of senior management changes at many of the region's largest IT vendors and distributors, including HP, Symantec, Citrix, MMD, Almasa IT Distribution, Empa and Logicom.

Last month, HP Middle East appointed Mathew Thomas as its new general manager for the Printing and Personal Systems (PPS) group, after Salim Ziade quit the position in October 2013.

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