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Dell, the world’s second-biggest PC maker, on Tuesday promoted David Marmonti to head its business in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

The appointment follows a flurry of management changes that have taken place since Michael Dell, Dell’s co-founder, returned as chief executive of the struggling computer maker.

“With this, our executive leadership team is set, and that has been a priority of Michael’s in his efforts to turn around the company,” Dell said on Tuesday.

Mr Marmonti, who joined Dell in 1998 from AT&T, was most recently head of Dell’s Public Business Group, which oversees sales of computers to schools and government customers. He replaced Paul Bell, who was recently promoted to head Dell’s Americas business.

The changes to Dell’s management team come as the company is struggling to bounce back from a series of stumbles that led it to cede its place as the world’s biggest personal computer maker last year.

Slumping sales growth, falling margins and a resurgence at Hewlett-Packard, Dell’s main US rival, have contributed to a slew of missed results in recent quarters, sending the company’s share price sharply lower.

Its troubles last month prompted Michael Dell to take back the reins from Kevin Rollins, the former management consultant who had succeeded him as CEO in 2004. Several other top managers have since left.

Dell earlier this month tapped Ron Garriques, the head of Motorola’s $28bn mobile handset division, to run its consumer business, which accounts for about 20 per cent of the computer maker’s $56bn in annual revenues.

Shares of Dell, which is set to report its quarterly earnings on Thursday, fell 3.8 per cent on Tuesday to $22.88. They had fallen from a recent high of $27.26 in January.

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