Top managers laid off as cable firms restructure

Top managers laid off as cable firms restructure

Cable: jobs coming unravelled

Cable groups NTL and Telewest culled senior staff this week as restructuring initiatives claimed more victims.

NTL's chief marketer Mike Hounsell left the company and his departure is expected to be followed by as many as a further 30 positions as devolution of the group's central marketing function into its six regional business units takes place.

The group announced the central marketing cutbacks in December, after the company was forced to cut a further 2,000 positions across the company to stave off its growing debt.

Charles Darley, customer marketing director for NTL Home, has also left, after just two months, and further redundancies are expected over the coming months.

Richard Harris now heads up the central team as commercial director and is joined by Bart Michels as brands and communications director.

At NTL Business a restructuring into two divisions had led to the departure of Brian Hickey, marketing director.

At Telewest Broadband, customer marketing director Chris Pilling is expected to be made redundant following his current paternity leave, with sales and marketing director David Hobday taking on his role.

"As Chris has completed much of what he set out to do, he is currently taking time out to re-evaluate his position and considering a number of options, within and outside the company," a spokesperson said.

Last year the company restructured the company into a consumer arm Telewest Broadband, and business division Telewest Business.



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