Orange Switzerland, Vodafone Spain cull corporate jobs

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Switzerland's No. 3 operator, Orange Communications, has announced it will cut 140 corporate jobs this year.

The company was sold by France Telecom late last year to the private equity firm Apex Partners for €1.6 billion, although has the right to continue using the Orange brand for several years.

Orange confirmed that its "on-going transformation to become more customer-centric requires rebalancing of resources" led to its decision to reduce its headcount by up to 140 jobs, according to New Europe.

Orange Switzerland's newly appointed CEO, Johan Andsjö, said his objective is to "simplify our organisation to enable us to focus more on our customers." He added: "As part of a series of measures, we want to rebalance our resources from corporate functions to more customer-centric positions."

However, the company said that 18 new Orange service centres will be opened in addition to the on-going investment of around €569 million in its LTE network.

Meanwhile, Vodafone Spain confirmed final agreements with labour unions to lay off 620 corporate workers, less than the 1,000 job cuts the company initially announced.

The operator said that these cuts were necessary to support the "viability" of the company and free up funds for investments in infrastructure and networks, according to Reuters.

For more:
- see this New Europe article
- see this Telecompaper article
- see this Reuters article

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