Acer slams ex-CEO's account of ousting

The company today denies having any fear of globalization, which its former chief Gianfranco Lanci asserted in an interview earlier this week.

The Acer Iconia Tab A500's late arrival is one of the flash points in the argument between Acer and its former CEO Gianfranco Lanci.
The Acer Iconia Tab A500's late arrival is one of the flash points in the argument between Acer and its former CEO Gianfranco Lanci. Josh Miller/CNET

The drama surrounding the departure of Acer's CEO is ratcheting up, as both Gianfranco Lanci and his former board of directors have taken their dispute public.

Following an interview the ousted executive Lanci gave AllThingsD on Monday, in which he pointed to Acer's fear of "de-Taiwanization" of the company, the company released a statement denying his assertion. It also went further, blaming Lanci for being unable to execute on a mobile strategy.

Acer today said that despite Lanci's claim that the company feared hiring for software and hardware development outside Taiwan, the globalization of its operations "has been its established policy, and 'de-Taiwanization' or the reverse, has never (been) an issue," according to Digitimes.

Acer's statement also asserted that its smartphone business did not develop under Lanci, and resulted in a backlog of inventory.

When Lanci abruptly resigned on March 31, it was clear he and his board had a strong disagreement over the company's strategic direction. Lanci pointed to his preference for a more robust smartphone and tablet business and the board's desire to become a heavyweight in the world of PC building.

His departure coincided with Acer's release of a mostly well-received slate of tablets and smartphones, including an Android 3.0 tablet. But in his interview on Monday, Lanci admitted the company was late to the game.

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Erica Ogg is a CNET News reporter who covers Apple, HP, Dell, and other PC makers, as well as the consumer electronics industry. She's also one of the hosts of CNET News' Daily Podcast. In her non-work life, she's a history geek, a loyal Dodgers fan, and a mac-and-cheese connoisseur.

 

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