3 Marketers likely to be hit in round of redundancies

3 logo

Marketers at third-generation mobile phone operator 3 are on alert after the company announced it was making 130 managers redundant.

It is understood the marketing department is likely to be affected by the cuts, although it is not thought the brand’s most senior marketers, Graeme Oxby and Gary Pepler, are in danger.

A 3 spokesman says the company has decided to "rebalance resources" by cutting 130 "core function" roles, equivalent to 6% of 3’s UK workforce.

The spokesman would not comment on individuals but adds that the job cuts will be at "every level of the business and across a number of departments".3 appointed former Sony marketer Pepler as director of brand and marketing communications in the summer (MW June 15). He reports to marketing director Oxby.

Pepler’s appointment followed Julian Hough’s return to advertising agency WCRS after two years on secondment as the telecoms company’s marketing chief (MW June 8).3 UK recently appointed Kevin Russell as deputy chief executive. Russell, who previously ran 3 Australia, is tipped by some to take over from chief executive Bob Fuller. Gareth Jones, the company’s chief operating officer and Fuller’s number two, left at the end of last year.

Some industry observers believe the redundancies are a sign that the business is up for sale.

Recommended

Jaguar to replace ailing S-Type with upmarket XF sports saloon

Marketing Week

Jaguar is axing its S-Type model and replacing it with a new sports saloon called the XF. The new model will appear next autumn and will go on sale in spring 2008. The S-Type, which was launched as a direct competitor to the BMW 5-Series in 1999, has been widely criticised for being overly conservative, […]

Building blocks of entertaining

Marketing Week

In pursuit of hosting an event that has the ‘wow’ factor, it is easy to overlook the basic rules of corporate entertaining – and forget that your guests simply want to have fun. Sometimes, as with many of life’s questions, the answer comes from the mouths of babes. Working on this principle, I decided to […]

Comments

    Leave a comment

    Close

    Discover even more as a subscriber

    This article is available for subscribers only.

    Sign up now for your access-all-areas pass.

    If you're an existing paid print subscriber find out how to get access here.

    Subscribers enjoy unlimited access to unrivalled coverage of the biggest issues in marketing, alongside practical advice from the digital experts at Econsultancy.

    With a subscription to Marketing Week Premium you will get full access to:

    > World-renowned columnists

    > Analysis & case studies

    > Exclusive leading-edge insight

    > Carefully curated reports & briefings from Econsultancy

    > Plus, much more including a £300 discount for the Festival of Marketing

    Subscribe now

    Got a question?

    Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3703 or email customerservices@marketingweek.com

    If you are looking for our Jobs site, please click here

    Subscribers enjoy unlimited access to unrivalled coverage of the biggest issues in marketing, alongside practical advice from the digital experts at Econsultancy.

    With a subscription to Marketing Week Premium you will get full access to:

    > World-renowned columnists

    > Analysis & case studies

    > Exclusive leading-edge insight

    > Carefully curated reports & briefings from Econsultancy

    > Plus, much more including a £300 discount for the Festival of Marketing

    Subscribe now