Acer announces that Emmanuel Fromont, Corporate Vice President and current President of the Pan America operations will move to a new role as President of Acer in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), a market in which he has held numerous years of management prior to his move to the US for his current position. Sumit Agnihotry, Vice President of Product Marketing in Pan America will succeed Fromont as the new President of Acer Pan America. Both appointments will take effect on January 1, 2015.
Luca Rossi, current President of Acer EMEA, will leave the company after six years of service due to personal reasons. He will work with Mr. Fromont to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities. Acer expresses its thanks to both Mr. Fromont and Mr. Rossi for handing over the Pan America and EMEA operations with a solid foundation and strong operating team.
Emmanuel Fromont joined Acer in 2008 as Vice President of Acer EMEA’s Packard Bell division and delivered strong sales growth. Notably, he was responsible for doubling the PC shipments from 2008 to 2010 to reach US$2 billion in revenue. In 2011, Mr. Fromont was promoted to the President of Acer Pan America, and since then led the highly successful launch of Chromebooks to take the No. 1 position with 42% of the US market share1.
Prior to joining Acer, Mr. Fromont served as Packard Bell’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and Vice President of the company’s Mobility Business Unit. He also has extensive experience in outsourcing from positions held at Hewlett-Packard in the US and IBM Global Services in France. Mr. Fromont was born in 1967.
Sumit Agnihotry is a 16-year veteran of Acer who joined the company in 1998 as product marketing manager and has held positions of increasing importance in Pan America. Between 2000 and 2008 he was responsible for product marketing of mobile PCs, and since 2008, he has been the Vice President for Acer’s entire product portfolio in Pan America. Mr. Agnihotry was born in 1977.
The management changes come at a time when Acer is increasing its momentum. The company has made strong progress throughout Pan America. In addition to its leading position in the fast-growing Chromebook segment in the US, Acer has also taken the No. 1 spot in consumer notebook shipments in Brazil2, the No. 2 spot in mobile PCs in Canada3, as well as the No. 2 market share position in mobile PCs in Chile4. In both EMEA2 and Western Europe2, Acer ranks among the top 3 for total PCs and portable PCs shipments. In the latter region, Acer achieved the highest year-on-year growth rates among the top 5 players in both categories. Acer believes it has the right organization at this time to continue its growing momentum.
1 Gartner, Q3 2014 data
2 IDC, Q3 2014 data
3 NPD, Oct. 2014 data
4 GFK, Oct. 2014 data