Acer Relinquishes Chief Executive Officer Position, Will Retain Chairman and President

Acer Introduces New Management Structure

by Anton Shilov
11/20/2013 | 11:15 PM

After years of financial losses and after ousting two chief executive officers, Acer Group, one of the world’s largest suppliers of personal computers, decided to relinquish position of chief executive officer and spread its duties between the chairman of the president. The new management structure should ensure that the major decisions are made collectively and on time.


Acer’s board of directors has elected the company founder, Stan Shih, as chairman and interim corporate president with immediate effect. Mr. Shih shall serve as Acer’s chairman until the end of his term on the board. Chairman and chief exec J.T. Wang and corporate president Jim Wong have both stepped down in light of the company’s recent performance. Acer will hand over the corporate presidency to the appropriate candidate as soon as possible.

Despite their resignations, reluctantly accepted by the board, both J.T. Wang and Jim Wong have committed to remain with Acer as advisors to ensure a smooth transition and transfer of the management team and to help the company back to stability.

In addition to the appointment of Stan Shih, the board also resolved to relinquish the position of the CEO. Former CEO duties will be charged to the chairman or president and this is expected to boost the company’s decision making efficiency.

“Due to the situation that now faces Acer and my personal social responsibilities, I must stand up and take the reign without salary. 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. In addition, George Huang who is one of my co-founding partners of Acer will join with me and the management team to lead our company at this time,” said Stan Shih.