Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Acer, HP undergoing management reshuffle

Acer, on July 18, announced it has recruited Dave Chan, former Hewlett-Packard (HP) China vice president, as general manager of its Touch Business Group in China. Also, while company corporate vice president of marketing and brand Gianpiero Morbello will also reportedly resign from his position, with Acer's vice president Scott Lin to take over, Acer commented that it has no idea about where such a rumor came from.

Sources from PC players pointed out that the power of Acer's former CEO Gianfranco Lanci is gradually being phased out and the new team is aggressive recruiting talent to start over. High Tech Computer (HTC) former innovation design officer will reportedly join Acer's team, but the rumor was not confirmed.

For HP, due to HP's bad quality notebook issues in March 2010, HP China had already implemented a large personnel reshuffle of its high-end executives with Chan, who was employed by HP China for 16 years, resigning from HP in June.

Acer President, Jim Wong said at the company's announcement that "Touch mobile device is Acer's new strategic business. While China's huge IT market, with unique applications and customer segment, presents great business potential. To address these specific needs, we established a separate business group overseeing the China touch mobile device market and will allocate the needed human resource."

"Dave will lead Acer's touch business development team in China," continued Wong, "cooperate with local telcos and operators on R&D, software, sales and services. His joining ensures that Acer has substantial leadership to steer this new business forward in China."

Earlier, HP, on July 11, also announced it will transfer vice president of Personal System Group in America region Stephen DeWitt to president of global webOS business, while former CEO of Palm Jon Rubinstein will work as senior vice president.

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