“Although Acer ex-CEO and president Gianfranco Lanci and the company’s board members’ inability to reach a consensus was the main reason for the CEO’s resignation, the strong impact from Apple’s products is the other key reason for Lanci leaving the company, according to sources from notebook makers, who added that in addition to Acer, Nokia’s ex-CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo and LG Electronics’ ex-CEO Nam Yong both stepped down because of their inability to defend their companies from Apple’s fierce competition,” Monica Chen and Joseph Tsai report for DigiTimes.
“The sources pointed out that the appearance of Apple’s iPad significantly impacted the netbook market in 2010 and messed up Acer’s lineup for the entry-level notebook market, causing the company to see almost no growth in shipments,” Chen and Tsai report. “As for Acer’s smartphone business, since the business is currently still facing losses, Acer is still incapable of competing against other first-tier smartphone brands, especially Apple, the sources noted.”
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Chen and Tsai reports, “Since first-tier smartphone and PC brands are still unable to find an effective strategy to counter Apple’s advance with Lanci the most recent victim of Apple’s assault, the sources believe executives of brand vendors such as Motorola, Sony, Toshiba, Asustek Computer and Lenovo are all in danger of being dragged off by the wave.”
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