TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Acer announces that Rudi Schmidleithner, Corp. VP & President of Acer Pan America Operations, has elected to resign from the company for personal reasons. Emmanuel Fromont, current VP of the EMEA Packard Bell Division, will be appointed as the new Corp. VP & President of Pan America Operations. The change will formally take place on January 1, 2011.
Fromont will lead the Pan America team to continue increasing Acer’s prominence and market share in North America, Central America and South America. He is well-suited to this role, based on his sales achievements for the Acer Group in 30 EMEA countries. He also has a keen understanding of the Pan America market, based on his past professional experience and education in the U.S. Prior to Acer, Fromont served as Packard Bell’s VP of Sales & Marketing, and VP of the Mobility Business Unit. He also gained extensive experience in outsourcing from positions held at Hewlett-Packard in the U.S., and IBM Global Services in France.
Schmidleithner’s significant accomplishments in Pan America have established a solid foundation for Fromont to continue building. Under Schmidleithner’s leadership, Acer Pan America grew into a profitable, multi-billion dollar operation and a top 3 player in the highly competitive U.S. PC market.
Schmidleithner is committed to helping his successor make a seamless transition to ensure the division’s continued success. Acer thanks Schmidleithner for his leadership and contributions, and wishes him the best of luck in his future endeavors.
Fromont was born in January 1967 and holds an engineering degree in information technology from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Industrielles in France, and MBA from University of Southern California in the U.S.