In her Monday column, Lucy Kellaway of London's Financial Times took time to deconstruct the emails and memos that big companies are using to fire people these days, from their upbeat subject lines to their tendency to blame management mistakes on just about anything (the economy, the customer, the weather, SARS) that is outside a company's control.
Kellaway smartly notes that behind most layoffs lies a management mistake. She fails, however, to make enough of the fact that often the most bloated and meandering memos are also the funniest to read and share with friends, such as your dear old chums here at Headcount. We'd like to see even more. By all means, when some stout prose fattens up your inbox, drop us a line, will ya?
Meanwhile, pardon us while we dash off a few wandering paragraphs of our own as we review some of the past week's most interesting hirings, firings, and other personnel-related news:
Movaz reported a headcount of about 200 in late 2002, while the number hovers closer to 150 these days, sources say. In a May 28 press release, CEO Bijan Khosravi says Movaz will double the size of its sales and customer service teams in the next 12 months. The company says it now has five open position in sales and eight open jobs in customer service.
"I'm still the CEO at Bandwidth9, which is making progress in its transition to another market, mainly datacom-oriented," Graham writes via email. "We've streamlined substantially, but have plenty of cash, and expect to complete the development work on a couple of exciting products by year's end."
Here's a summary of other industry appointments (and disappointments) from the past several days:
- EXFO Lays Off 30%
- Blue Coat Closes Quarter
- Arrow Cuts 400
- Cincinnati Bell Chairman Steps Down
- Lemur Names Sales Chief
- Polaris Picks Ops Boss
- MCI Hires EMEA S&M Chief
- UTStarcom Names Head of Biz Dev
- CoreOptics Hires NA S&M VP
- Caerus Hires CTO/Technology VP
- Anritsu Adds Euro Sales Manager
- US LEC Hires OSS Expert as CIO
— Phil Harvey, Senior Editor, Light Reading