Logitech slashes jobs

By Chad Berndtson, on Jun 12, 2012 7:36 AM
Filed under Hardware

Cost cutting sees workers sent packing.

Struggling peripherals maker Logitech will eliminate 450 positions, or about 13 percent of its global workforce, as part of a restructuring expected to trim its annual operating costs by $US80 million.

Logitech this week said it expects to take about $US35 million in restructuring charges as a result. Bracken Darrell, Logitech's president, described the restructuring as "necessary for our future success."

"As we announced in April, this organisational streamlining, along with our strategy to deliver fewer but more compelling products, should position Logitech for renewed growth and profitability," Darrell said in a statement.

LifeSize, Logitech's videoconferencing-focused division, will not be affected by the planned layoffs, a LifeSize spokesperson confirmed to CRN.

It is unclear how many Australian jobs will be affected in the restructure.

Logitech had a brutal fiscal 2012, a year that included the ousting of CEO Gerald Quindlen and four profit warnings in the span of 12 months. Logitech reported 2012 net income of $US71 million, down 44 percent from $US128 million in 2011.

The company has stayed focused on upgrading product lines, particularly unified communications-related, and has expanded its business channel program. Logitech for Business launched as a separate business unit in April 2011 and, as of this spring, had more than 200 resellers and integrators.

The same week of its earnings announcement, Logitech confirmed a company-wide restructuring, including the elimination of two executive management jobs and changes in its reporting structure.

Junien Labrousse, who was executive vice president, products, and president, Logitech Europe, had his position cut and moved to senior vice president, Logitech business group, responsible for PCs, Macs and tablets. Werner Heid, who was senior vice president, worldwide sales and marketing, left Logitech effective May 15.

Both Labrousse and Heid's former groups now report in directly to Darrell. Labrousse took a salary reduction from about $US775,000 a year to $US680,000 a year and had his bonus target reduced, according to an April 26 8-K report filed by Logitech.

This article originally appeared at crn.com

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