Acer continues war of words with ex-CEO Lanci

Acer has continued a war of words with its former CEO Gianfranco Lanci, claiming he was responsible for the company’s inability to keep up with the move to mobile computing, and not its insular, flag-waving attitude.

According to a statement from Acer, the firm believes that it was Lanci who was to blame for an inability to develop its smartphone business efficiently, ending with inventory mounting up according to Digitimes.

This comes after ex CEO Lanci began a slagging match earlier this week, claiming that the firm was too concerned with a nationalistic sentiment to focus effectively on tablets and smartphones. He stated that his demands for a tripling of the head count to 1,000 for software and hardware integration had fallen on deaf ears.

Obviously Lanci has an axe to grind after being ousted, but it is clear that the business is not healthy, having fallen by 30.3 percent sequentially and 23 percent year on year.

Acer says it wasn’t scared of opening up to outsiders in a “de-Taiwanization” move as Lanci claims, biting back that the nationality of its CEO was not relevant, with more importance being put on someone who can actually do the job by sustaining healthy long term development.

The firm continued the playground spat by claiming Lanci had no answers as to why the firm was unable to match targets in two successive quarters while he was at the helm.

Acer also believes that Lanci had got his facts mixed up with regards to delivery of Android 3.0 tablets, which the ex-CEO claimed was down to a lack of capabilities, replying that it trailed only Motorola Mobility in terms of volume.

Despite the spat between the firm and its former employee, it is clear that Acer is in dire need of quick thinking to keep up in an evolving market.

It seems this is not altogether lost on Acer’s chairman, who is reportedly mulling over whether or not to buy a software developer to help draw its laptops, smartphones and tablets together.

“We understand we have to make a decision soon,” Chairman JT Wang said, wasting valuable decision making time.