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Acer Inc announces appointment of Eva Ho as new chief financial officer

Bloomberg

Acer Inc (宏碁), the world’s No. 4 PC brand, yesterday appointed Eva Ho (何一華) as chief financial officer, replacing Lilia Wang (王美麗), who held the post in a temporary capacity, the Taipei-based company said in an e-mailed statement.

Wang will retain her positions as global controller and chief financial officer for the company’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the statement said.

Ho previously held the post of director of finance and administration at Oracle Corp, and finance roles at Sun Microsystems Inc, Arrow Electronics Inc and Testrite Group (特力集團). She will also hold the title of company spokesperson and will take on her full responsibilities by the end of March, Acer said.

Ho’s appointment was one of a number of personnel changes at Acer following the departure of former chief executive officer Gianfranco Lanci, who left the company in late March last year after eight years at the firm.

In September, Lanci joined China’s Lenovo Group Ltd (聯想), the No. 1 PC vendor in China and the world’s No. 2 PC brand, as a consultant.

In the same month, former Acer chief financial officer Tu Che-min (杜哲民) stepped down from his post, citing health reasons, and became a special assistant to chairman J.T. Wang (王振堂).

HTC

Separately, HTC Corp (宏達電) chief content officer Shashi Fernando has left the Taiwanese smartphone maker less than a year after his appointment, the second departure of a senior executive in the past year.

Fernando was appointed to the post in March after London-based Saffron Digital, of which he was chief executive officer, was acquired by HTC in February.

Annie Lu (盧佳琪), a spokeswoman for Taoyuan-based HTC, confirmed Fernando’s departure in an e-mailed response to questions yesterday, without saying when he left or giving any reason for the departure.

HTC bought Saffron, a provider of content delivery technology for phone companies and movie studios, for US$46.4 million as part an acquisition streak that included cloud-services provider Dashwire Inc and a stake in headphones maker Beats Electronics LLC.

Horace Luke resigned his job as chief innovation officer in April, HTC said last year without giving a reason for his departure.

Additional reporting by staff writer

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