Corel to slash 21 per cent of staff

Corel to slash 21 per cent of staff


Corel announced last week it will cut its workforce by around 21 per cent in order to reduce costs. The action is part of an ongoing plan by the troubled Canadian software vendor to save $US40 million through cost-cutting measures.

Corel will cut around 320 jobs worldwide, with the bulk of them from the company's headquarters in Ottawa, a company spokeswoman said. The job cuts will affect the company across the board, and will consist of "employee terminations, termination of contractors and attrition," she said.

Corel CEO and president Michael Cowpland has agreed to forego his salary for an unspecified period as part of the cost cutting efforts. Cowpland's annual salary last year was $US199,000, according to the Corel spokeswoman. She was not aware if other Corel senior executives will follow the CEO's example.

"This was not an easy decision to make," Cowpland said in a Corel statement issued. "After much careful deliberation, the company concluded that these steps were necessary." The Canadian vendor is currently in a quiet period leading up to the release of the company's second-quarter financial results which are due to appear during the week of June 19. This effectively means that Corel is barred from making any in-depth comments about its cost savings plan.

Late last month, Corel announced some much-needed extra financing with a $C15 million ($18 million) agreement with Canaccord Capital. At the same time, the software vendor revealed that two of its senior executives were leaving the company. [See "Corel Gains Extra Financing, Loses Key Staff," May 25.]In an April filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Corel said it could run out of cash in 90 days if its planned merger with US development tools vendor Inprise/Borland didn't proceed. Corel and Inprise/Borland in mid-May decided to terminate their merger, leaving the Canadian vendor's financial future uncertain.

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