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Lafarge details restructuring plans - 460 jobs to go Friday 03 February 2012
France: Lafarge has begun a consultation procedure regarding the proposed reorganisation of its corporate functions and shared resources in France. This follows from its 21 November 2011 announcement that it was planning a restructuring along geographical lines rather than its product types. Lafarge has now said that the proposed changes would result in 460 job losses, 90 of which would be in France. It said that voluntary redundancy plans would help it to avoid compulsory job losses.
Lafarge has said that the reorganisation will be structured around an Executive Committee consisting of a 'Performance' function, chiefly responsible for the technical centers and engineering, IT systems and the leadership of commercial and industrial performance; an 'Innovation' function, chiefly responsible for research and development, marketing and transformation; three Executive Vice Presidents, whose mission will be supervising 42 operating entities and support functions.
The group says that the shift in its centre of gravity towards countries would lead to a decentralisation ofcorporate functions. As a result, the outline of the new organisation that is being announced today entails a reduction in staff numbers. Lafarge says that the new group organisation will enable it to be more focused on the needs of its markets and its customers and will enable it to accelerate the development of the group through organic growth and innovation.