MySpace、本日30%の人員削減を実施

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このところのMySpaceに関する噂は紛れもない事実だった。一週間前にわれわれは、MySpaceと親会社のFox Interactive Mediaが百人単位で従業員をレイオフするであろうと書いた。本日(米国時間6/16)同社は人員削減があったことを認め、「30%近い人員を削減した」と語った。われわれのレイオフ・トラッカーには、この情報を入れて更新しておく。

あるMySpace従業員がわれわれに語ってくれたところによると、現在事務所内は厳戒体制で、管理職にはダンボール箱が配られたという(恐らく従業員が自分の荷物をまとめるため)。人事部も12時から4時まで会議室を予約している。

MySpaceの従業員数は1600人程であり、これは午後4時までに480人ほどが出て行くことを意味する。みんな履歴書を書き直す時だ。われわれの予想では年内にあと300人がいなくなると踏んでいる。

以下がプレスリリース(英文)

MYSPACE REDUCES STAFF BY NEARLY 30%

Return to Start-Up Culture a Focus for Company Moving Forward

LOS ANGELES—June 16, 2009—As part of a plan to restructure itself into a more innovative, efficient, and entrepreneurial business, MySpace announced today that it will reduce its staff by nearly 30%. This restructuring plan crosses all U.S. divisions of the company and lowers the total number of domestic staff at MySpace to 1,000 employees.

“Simply put, our staffing levels were bloated and hindered our ability to be an efficient and nimble team-oriented company,” said MySpace Chief Executive Officer Owen Van Natta. “I understand that these changes are painful for many. They are also necessary for the long-term health and culture of MySpace. Our intent is to return to an environment of innovation that is centered on our user and our product.”

“MySpace grew too big considering the realities of today’s marketplace,” said Jonathan Miller, News Corporation’s CEO of Digital Media and Chief Digital Officer. “I believe this restructuring will help MySpace operate much more effectively both structurally and financially moving forward. I am confident in MySpace’s next phase under the leadership of Owen and his team.”

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About MySpace
MySpace is a technology company connecting people through personal expression, content, and culture. MySpace empowers its global community to experience the Internet through a social lens by integrating personal profiles, photos, videos, mobile, messaging, games, and the world’s largest music community. MySpace is a division of News Corporation. (NYSE: NWS – News, NWS.A – News; ASX:NWS – News, NWSLV – News)

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(翻訳:Nob Takahashi)