Thyssenkrupp CEO announces sweeping job cuts

Europe

FRANKFURT — Thyssenkrupp will make sweeping job cuts and give an update on the new company structure in November, the company’s new CEO Martina Merz told employees on Wednesday.

The German supplier announced in May it was open to new ownership structures for its car parts, plant engineering, marine systems and elevators units, but investors criticized a lack of progress, leading to the dismissal of CEO Guido Kerkhoff.

This led to the installation of Martina Merz, who addressed her top managers for the first time as CEO this week.

“This is about strengthening businesses and improving performance. This is not a sellout,” Merz said in the letter, which was released to employees following the management meeting.

Thyssenkrupp, which has already announced 6,000 positions will go, declined to put a figure on potential job losses, pending negotiations about cuts with labor leaders.

It said an update about the revamp would be given in November and that employees would have clarity in early 2020.

“It is true that this will not be possible without significant job cuts,” Merz said, explaining that big changes were planned in the Component Technologies and Industrial Solutions divisions.

Component Technologies will be renamed Automotive Technology and a new structure will be introduced.

Marcel Fasswald, CEO of Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions, has left the company, Merz said.

Thyssenkrupp will continue with plans to sell or list its Elevators division, Merz said.

Thyssenkrupp ranks No. 16 on the Automotive News Europe list of the top 100 global suppliers with worldwide sales to automakers of $14.43 billion in 2018.

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