As far as computer industry shakeups go, this one is pretty big. Earlier in the year, we had a hunch that Acer
was planning to shake things up when it came to owning the corner office, and this week the company has made clear their plans for the future. Acer will select Jim Wong as Corporate President, with the board of directors approving the move and making it effective "immediately." Wong previously held the positions of corporate senior vice president and president of IT Products Group (ITGO), and together with Chairman and CEO, J.T. Wang, they will "lead the company forward to embrace new challenges and opportunities in the new ICT age."
Of course, a change at the top is only truly interesting if there's something else that shifts internally. And while Acer's not making too big of a deal just yet, the simultaneous create of a Touch Business Group to "enhance development of new mobile devices" sounds mighty enticing. Wong is also being chosen to lead this group into the future, and with mobility obviously playing a much larger role these days, it's not surprising to see Acer focusing efforts in that direction.
Will this lead to superphones that can really compete with those coming from HTC, LG, Samsung and Apple? We're hoping to see more from the new group at the upcoming trade shows, Computex perhaps, but until then, it's a great big mystery that'll simply have to be dwelled upon.
Acer appoints Jim Wong as Corporate President
Through teamwork, company to face challenges and embrace opportunities
of the new ICT industry
TAIPEI, TAIWAN (April 19, 2011) – Acer Inc.'s board of directors has
approved the candidacy of Jim Wong as the new Corporate President, with
immediate effect. Wong previously held the positions of corporate senior
vice president and president of IT Products Group (ITGO). Together with
Chairman and CEO, J.T. Wang, they will lead the company forward to
embrace new challenges and opportunities in the new ICT age.
Acer Chairman and CEO, J.T. Wang, states, "For the past ten years Jim
has led Acer's global IT operations, including product development and
logistics. In that time he has shown outstanding leadership and made
important contribution to the company. He has also worked closely with
our regional operations to thoroughly understand the needs of our
marketing and channels at the front end operations. Therefore, we regard
Jim as a well-qualified candidate to step into the role of Acer
Wang continues, "The presidential candidacy must fulfill company's needs
for future development, and show capability to lead the company
forward. As the ICT industry shifts from single to multiple operating
system platforms, it opens up new challenges as well as new
opportunities. Acer needs a leader who is familiar with technology, as
well as understands the market. We reviewed Jim's potential and agreed
he would fit well in the role."
The rapid growth from data-creation to data-consumption devices is
increasing the ICT market scale and opening up new prospects. Acer will
aggressively yet cautiously develop data-consumption products, tablet
PCs and smartphones based on the solid foundation of the main PC
Jim Wong, new corporate president of Acer states, "The IT industry is
encountering a profound change. I foresee many new opportunities and am
ready to face the challenges ahead. I will encourage teamwork throughout
the company and work closely with the new management team. We are ready
with a clear set of goals and action plans."
In the PC business, Acer will continue to seek volume/shipment growth,
but we must optimize our multi-brand strategy by having clear
differentiation of the brands' positioning and create value for our
customers. Concurrently, Acer shall focus on developing selective models
for mobile devices to lay a solid foundation for the future.
Three key principles have been defined by Acer's new management to
ensure successful decision making:
Promote the spirit of teamwork to enhance company's overall
competitiveness, and encourage closer communication between front-end
and back-end management teams for better mutual understanding.
Simplify operational systems and processes to boost effectiveness and
Strengthen corporate governance and enhance company sustainability.
Wong joined Acer in 1986, with experience in sales, product marketing,
product development, with a keen understanding of ODM supplier
operations and the brand business. In 2001 when he took charge of the
ITGO, he has been one of the core members of Acer's top management team.
In 2005 he was promoted to corporate senior vice president.
Born in 1958, Wong holds a bachelor degree, majoring in mathematics from
Soochow University in Taiwan, and an MBA from Emory University,
Georgia, USA. In 1999 he received Taiwan's 17th Annual Management of
Acer establishes Touch Business Group to enhance development of
new mobile devices
Acer Corporate President Jim Wong to lead Touch Business Group
Campbell Kan to lead PC Global Operations
Walter Deppeler to lead Chief Marketing Office
TAIPEI, TAIWAN (April 19, 2011) – Acer Inc. announces organizational
adjustments in separating the back-end product-line operations into two
independent entities: Touch Business Group (Touch BG) and PC Global
Operations (PCGO) lead by new Acer corporate president, Jim Wong, and
Campbell Kan, former VP of the smart handheld business unit,
respectively. In addition, Acer announces new functions for mid- and
long-term business planning and operation analysis.
To make significant inroads in the mobile device business, Acer has
reorganized the former IT product global operations into two independent
entities. The newly founded Touch BG comprises of the former tablet PC
and smartphone teams, while the PCGO consists of the main PC product
The Touch BG shall be led by new Acer corporate president, Jim Wong, and
president of Eten Information Systems, Simon Hwang, concurrently
appointed deputy president of Touch BG.
Acer president, Jim Wong, states, "Touch/mobile devices open up a host
of new opportunities. They form Acer's new business and growth engine
for the future. To focus on this market, we saw the need to allocate
sufficient resources, and devise a new management structure different
from the PC business specifically for this line of business."
Acer also creates three new functions deemed necessary for company's
competitive development, they are: Chief Marketing Office (CMO) –
responsible for brand position and marketing strategy; Chief Technology
Office (CTO) – responsible for mid to long term planning and integration
of technologies; and Operation Analysis Office (OAO) – for studying and
analyzing company business models and financial affairs.
Senior corporate VP and EMEA president, Walter Deppeler, shall
concurrently serve as CMO, while Tiffany Huang, AVP of supply chain
operations will concurrently oversee the OAO. The CTO will be jointly
led by former VP of quality and service, Jackson Lin, former CTO of
products development, R.C. Chang, and former VP of technology center,