Gianfranco Lanci is set to take over as president of Acer from 1 January 2005.
Acer's current president, JT Wang, will take over as chairman and chief executive officer, replacing Acer co-founder Stan Shih, who will retire at the end of the year.
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Lanci, who currently heads up Acer's international operations, is credited with Acer's success in the Europe, where the company held the number four spot among all PC suppliers during the second quarter, according to market analyst IDC. He is also credited with boosting Acer's notebook shipments in the key US market, according to Acer.
In 2003, Europe accounted for 60% of sales of Acer's IT products, the company said
Because of his past successes, Lanci will come into his new role with high expectations. Acer is counting on him to put the company among the top three PC suppliers worldwide, Wang said. Acer held the number five spot during the second quarter, IDC said.
Sumner Lemon writes for IDG News Service