Acer founder Stan Shih returns to lead company

Earlier this month, Acer announced a major corporate shake up as its CEO J.T. Wang announced his resignation, combined with news that Acer would lay off seven percent of its workers. The plan was that Acer president Jim Wong would take over the CEO duties after January 1st, but now Acer has revealed that Wong has decided to resign as well.

So who will lead the world's fourth biggest PC hardware company? As it turns out, Acer is turning to its founder, Stan Shih, for help. The company announced today that Shih will return to lead Acer, taking on the role of chairman and interim president. The CEO role will no longer be filled.

Shih founded Acer in 1976 but retired in 2004. The company said that Shih will not be paid for his time in leading the company, hopefully, out of its current economic issues. Shih added, "I will honor and complete all the public affairs and event engagements that I have committed to, but I will also fully support Acer’s ICT device business and carry out the company transformation."

Under their previous leaders, Acer said they would not release as many Windows products but would offer more devices based on Android and Chrome OS. Shih has not revealed any specific plans he has for Acer going forward.

Source: Acer | Image via Wikipedia/Rico Shen

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The company said that Shih will not be paid for his time in leading the company, hopefully, out of its current economic issues. Shih added, "I will honor and complete all the public affairs and event engagements that I have committed to, but I will also fully support Acer's ICT device business and carry out the company transformation."

Sounds like his heart is in the right place on this. Acer's pretty diversified, and also typically does well in the low-end computing market. Don't think they'll do a Blackberry in the next five years, but the competition is intense.

I agree that his heart is in the right place..heck even the company wishes to be in the right place.
So two yellow words in the background (to the left) says Taiwan
And the four words in the background (to the right) says "Desiring" Fulfilled Success

Is Acer actually in any different shape than they were originally? I'm not sure whether this will change anything.

Acer needs to provide better and reliable products. Looking at some of Acer's past products, it does not give me the impression that they target premium market. They are also quite late into short lived markets, like netbooks (Asus appears to be the first). And Asus seems to be more capable at delivering premium products (ZenBook anyone?).

Aside from owning a couple Acer netbooks and playing with my college-mate's acer lamborghini laptop, I honestly don't have a "desire" or "wish" to get an Acer. Even in desperate time, I'd say Dell or Asus or even HP/Compaq comes before Acer. And in good times, Apple MBP and Lenovo ThinkPad get my green. I specifically left out Sony, because I had a particularly nasty experience with Sony product support. So no Sony Vaio for me.

I had a Gateway too...and did not like it. No wonder Acer bought Gateway.

And this post is not meant to troll. It is just my view based the products that I bought and used.

Edited by ThunderRiver, Nov 22 2013, 5:47am :

Maybe because I am Asian...he doesn't look that angry... he looks tired... not as full of energy as he used to be. He certainly does not seem to have the same feisty drive as when Michael Dell took the company to private.