According to various media reports, a senior executive of France Telecome has resigned due to the mismanagement of the organisational restructure of the company which has been happening for almost two years and that, some say, has led to suicides.
One report says:
“France Telecom’s deputy chief executive Louis-Piere Wenes had faced calls to resign from employees who say management policies are responsible for the firm’s so called “spiral of death”.”
A UK newspaper includes a quote from M. Wenes:
“Despite the hard edge of the technological and economic fight, especially in our business, nothing can justify men and women putting an end to their lives. Today, like before, I cannot accept it.”
France Telecome’s media statement reads:
“Louis-Pierre Wenes, the current Deputy CEO in charge of Operations in France, has asked Didier Lombard, Chairman and CEO of France Telecom, to relieve him of his responsibilities. Didier Lombard has accepted this request and thanks Louis-Pierre for all that he has accomplished since December 2002 and for the significant contribution that he has made to the turnaround and the performance of the Group.
As of today, Stephane Richard is appointed Deputy CEO in charge of Operations in France.”
UPDATE: 7 October 2009
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