Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci "resigns" over strategic differences

Acer’s CEO and president has left the building. Chairman Wang will take leadership in the interim.

Unlike others who keep their CEOs on board for training, consultancy or at least a notice period, Gianfranco Lanci has walked the plank as soon as his resignation was announced.

Acer cites strategic differences as the reason for his departure. According to a statement, Lanci cheesed off the board by placing “different levels of importance on scale, growth, customer value creation, brand position enhancement, and on resource allocation and methods of implementation.” That’s everything, then.

Chairman J.T. Wang said Acer is stepping into the “new mobile device market” where it will invest cautiously and “aim to become one of the leading players.”

Waiting to jump into action in EMEA territory is Acer deputy president of  EMEA, Walter Deppeler, who will take over the position with “immediate effect”.

Deppeler joined Acer in 1997 and has been serving as senior corporate vice president at Acer. Apparently, and we assume this information is more to appease shareholders, he has extensive sales and marketing experience in the region and has contributed significantly toward Acer’s growth.

Apparently “Deppeler will take over the strong foundation in EMEA laid by Lanci, and lead the EMEA management team to pursue further growth”.