Gianfranco Lanci

* Lanci to head EMEA region for Lenovo from April 2 * targets top 3 spot in the region vs No 5 in Q4 By Tarmo Virki April 2 (Reuters) - Former Acer Chief Executive Gianfranco Lanci was appointed on Monday as chief of Lenovo's operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa, and said he aims to break into the top three in the region by next year. Lanci said in a statement he sees the rise of tablet computers and other gadgets such as thin Ultrabooks, creating many new opportunities for Lenovo. "EMEA is a strategically critical market

Acer was reported Tuesday as having sued its ousted former CEO Gianfranco Lanci. The Taiwan PC builder claimed in an Italian court that Lanci broke a non-compete clause by signing with Lenovo and working for a direct rival. Neither Lanci nor Lenovo had responded to the accusations.

Non-compete clauses are frequent for higher-profile employees at technology firms, although they're not always enforceable depending on the country or even the individual state or province. Lanci is likely to contend that the clause wasn't necessarily valid or was unfair.

Lanci to guide Lenovo on bolstering retail ops Former Acer chief Gianfranco Lanci has found a new home at Lenovo, where he will act as a consultant. After six months on the sidelines, Lenovo confirmed that Lanci had been hired by the company. Lanci has been hired to advise the Chinese-based company on different ways in which it can bolster its retail operations, particularly the integration of Lenovo’s latest acquisition, Medion. In a statement sent to Channel Register, Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang explained the rationale behind the decision: "As a consultant to us, Gianfranco brings years of expertise

Acer on Tuesday posted a deeper than anticipated loss in the spring equal to $234.3 million and lowered its expectations for the year. The quarter was spun as a "correction period" as it had to clear out unsold stock and was paying severance deals for executives that had left in the company's mobile-focused shakeup, including former CEO Gianfranco Lanci. Chairman JT Wang added that, in spite of past promises, it would be "impossible" for the company to avoid a loss for the year as a whole. The company's sales were

Acer Inc's increasing concentration of its decision-making, product development and operations in homeland Taiwan could badly hurt the world's No 2 PC maker, warned long-time executive Gianfranco Lanci, who left the firm abruptly at the end of March.

Acer said at the time the surprise departure of Lanci, an Italian and a 14-year veteran of the firm, was due to differences over the strategy needed to counter the runaway success of the tablet market, which has cannibalised Acer's profits.

Ever since Apple launched its first iPad in April 2010, people have been debating the impact of tablets on netbooks. For Acer, which rode a wave of netbook sales into the ranks of the top 3 PC makers a few years ago, the topic is familiar and – seemingly – exasperating.

The PC giant, like rivals HP, Dell, Lenovo and Asus, is both currently launching tablets and preparing a number of tablets for release later this year. Acer also continues to develop new netbooks, some of which will be introduced later this summer, in time for back-to-school sales.

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