Siemens cutting 15,000 jobs
Siemens is to cut 4% of its workforce or 15,000 people. Half of the cuts have already been done. A third of the cuts are falling on Germany-based units.
At the end of July, the former Siemens CEO Peter Loescher was sacked after cutting forecasts five times and saying he would not make a 12% profit margin to which he had committed. Siemens’ shares fell 22% in Loescher’s six year tenure as CEO for which his pay-off was an estimated $100 million.
Siemens’ new CEO, Joe Kaeser, who was CFO for seven years before becoming CEO, is making the 4% cuts to try and meet the 12% profit margin.
The cuts will save $8.5 billion a year. Last year, Siemens’ profit margin was 9.5%.