Acer Boss Lanci Takes Aim at Dell and HP

With new netbooks, laptops, desktops, and, yes, a smartphone, Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci explains why he expects to soon overtake No. 2 PC maker Dell
Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci. KEITH BEDFORD/REUTERS/LANDOV

Asian companies looking to rev up their performance by bringing in a Western boss don't have the best track record. Carlos Ghosn made some headway fixing Nissan (NSANY), but the Brazilian has never managed to close the gap between Japan's No. 3 automaker and its better-performing rivals Toyota (TM) and Honda (HMC). After buying IBM's (IBM) PC division, Chinese computer maker Lenovo poached William J. Amelio from Dell (DELL) to make the company more global, but he lasted barely three years before leaving in February. And Sony (SNE) CEO Sir Howard Stringer certainly hasn't had much luck righting all the wrongs at the Japanese consumer electronics giant.

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