Acer has announced that CEO and President Gianfranco Lanci is out, after months of dialog, it apparently became clear that his priorities were different from those of the board of directors. What does this mean for Acer products moving forward? It’s not entirely clear at the moment, but there are some hints in the press release.
Acer Chairman J.T. Wang says “the personal computer remains the core of our business,” and that while Acer is “stepping into the new mobiel device market,” the company will “invest cautiously and aim to become one of the leading players.”
Investing cautiously sounds like an interesting way to become a leading player, and it makes me wonder differences in opinion over Acer’s prospects in the mobile space might have led to Lanci’s ouster. On the one hand, it seems like no PC company can afford to ignore the tablet or smartphone space. On the other hand, it’s awfully hard to differentiate your offering when pretty much every PC maker is has similar offerings. You could definitely make a case that investing ambitiously in mobile tech could end up being a huge waste of money and resources if it doesn’t pay off.
While the Apple iPad has shown that there’s a huge demand for consumer tablets, it’s not yet clear if there’s room in the market for a diverse range of tablets the way there is for a diverse range of personal computers and smartphones.
The change in leadership isn’t supposed to affect any “current operations.” It’s not yet clear if those operations include work on Acer’s upcoming line of Android and Windows tablets. But honestly, it’s not clear from the press release if Lanci was let go because he was championing mobile devices or holding Acer back in the mobile space.