Psion team faces threat of redundancy

Psion’s entire marketing department, including marketing director Alasdair Seton-Marsden, could be axed as part of an &£11m restructure which will see 100 job losses at the company’s UK offices.

It is understood that the company is carrying out a 30-day consultation process involving all staff at its London and Milton Keynes offices to determine where the axe should fall.

Sources say a number of senior positions are likely to disappear as the company shifts its focus from consumer to industrial products following losses of &£1.4m.

Psion Computers and its other mobile personal computing-based operations will be restructured into a new Psion Digital Solutions division aimed at helping industrial and corporate customers manage their mobile IT needs.

The company has also ditched plans to make a new Internet mobile phone after its partner Motorola pulled out in January.

Seton-Marsden who joined Psion from Microsoft in 1999, denies a decision has been made on the company’s &£10m global advertising account which was put up for review earlier this year.

He claims the shortlist is now down to Tequila and incumbent Spirit after Claydon Heeley Jones Mason was eliminated earlier on in the pitch process but Seton-Marsden says the review has been put on hold due to the company restructuring.

The media planning account which in the UK is held by John Ayling & Associates is not part of the review.

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