Lenovo, the world’s No. 3 PC manufacturer, has hired Gianfranco Lanci, former chief executive officer at arch-rival Acer, as a consultant.

Acer announced March 31 that Lanci had resigned over differences with board members about the company’s future.

“Lenovo is fully committed to the PC industry. We are very optimistic about its future, while making significant long-term investments in the mobile internet. Because of this, exceptional people like Gianfranco are joining Lenovo,” said Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang in a statement.

“We have the right strategy, innovative products, strong culture, and a talented team. These key elements of our core competitiveness will help us to continue winning. Therefore, Lenovo is the best working place for talented people.”

Lenovo said Lanci’s “particular focus” will be the integration of recently acquired Medion into the company. Medion is the largest PC manufacturer and also sells other technology products in Germany.

“As a consultant to us, Gianfranco brings years of expertise and insights to Lenovo that will help us strengthen our growing global consumer business,” Yang said. “Talented people are joining Lenovo because of our commitment to the PC industry, outstanding momentum and optimism about the future. We will continue to strengthen our company by building the best global team in the industry.”

Lanci will be based in Italy.

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