Lanci in Lenovo love-in

A worldwide reorganisation at Chinese PC vendor Lenovo will see Gianfranco Lanci, former CEO at Acer, crossing the straits of Taiwan to become head ofLenovo's newly-created EMEA operation. Lenovocurrently divvies up the global market into three parts, Mature, Emerging and China, but is now taking a

PC Ryan McVay.jpgA worldwide reorganisation at Chinese PC vendor Lenovo will see Gianfranco Lanci, former CEO at Acer, crossing the straits of Taiwan to become head of Lenovo's newly-created EMEA operation.

Lenovo currently divvies up the global market into three parts, Mature, Emerging and China, but is now taking a more geographical approach to things.

Under the new regime China remains inviolate but three new units, EMEA, North America and, somewhat confusingly, Asia-Pacific and Latin America, have sprung into existence.

Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang claimed the reshuffle would boost the firm's operational speed and capabilities. Having achieved great success as a more business-centric vendor through its stewardship of the former IBM PC unit, it is now keen to attack the consumer market in a big way.

Lanci, who has in fact been holding down a consultancy role at Lenovo since September 2011,  departed from Acer under a cloud in March 2011 after differences over his strategy led to a boardroom spat.

As a result of Lanci's conviction that consumer demand would recover in 2011, Acer's channel became stuffed and it was forced to write off $150m worth of inventory and throw 300 EMEA staff overboard.

Gartner went on to brand its high volume, low price sales model "ineffective" in a damning assessment of his legacy.

It is understood that the reorganisation will take effect on 2 April.

Image courtesy: Ryan McVay

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