ICI slashes press team as part of its restructuring

Chemicals group ICI is cutting its head office PR team by a third, making four people redundant, as it undergoes radical transformation.

Chemicals group ICI is cutting its head office PR team by a third,

making four people redundant, as it undergoes radical

transformation.



ICI is two years into a programme of change. It is restructuring its

business away from basic commodity chemicals to speciality chemicals and

paints. The company will now focus on four key business areas: starch,

flavours and fragrances, industrial specialities and paint.



The corporate restructure had been expected to lead to job cuts in all

head office functions, but the 11 PR staff in the Millbank head office

are only now being told of the extent of the cuts in their

department.



A company spokesperson said: ’Head office provides services such as PR

and legal advice to the group. There will obviously be less requirement

for these under the new structure. We are currently working out the full

implications and explaining the situation to staff.’



Public affairs vice-president Martin Adeney, who heads the corporate PR

function, is not expected to be among those made redundant. Their names

have not been disclosed.



Details of the job cuts are due to be announced in full at the company’s

half-year results on 22 July.



ICI employs Brunswick for its financial PR.



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