Jewellery giant Pandora plans to eliminate a layer of regional management, resulting in 180 job cuts.
Pandora says a strategic restructuring will be implemented next month to further strength the organisation, move the brand closer to consumers and ensure faster and consistent execution with more impactful products and marketing concepts.
This will involve the business closing three of its regional organisations, thereby eliminating an organisational layer between global headquarters and the local markets.
The more than 100 markets where Pandora operates will instead be grouped into 10 clusters, each headed by a general manager based in the largest market in the cluster. The general managers will report to a newly established chief commercial officer (CCO) position.
The CCO will report to president and chief executive officer Alexander Lacik and be part of Pandora’s executive leadership team. The CCO will also be responsible for a retail centre of excellence to improve Pandora’s global retail skills including global merchandising, store development, planning and execution. A new function called network & franchise management will be established to oversee the retail estate and support franchise partners globally.
To offer more impactful products and marketing concepts and a more consistent consumer experience across markets, Pandora will establish two Global Business Units with end-to-end responsibility for product performance. One Global Business Unit will have the responsibility mainly for the core products including Moments, Charms and collaborations whereas the other Global Business Unit will drive the newer product categories and innovations. The new units will be accountable for concept development, design, execution and marketing plans across the full value chain – a shift from the current set-up centred around product launches (‘drops’). The Global Business Units will report to the recently appointed chief marketing officer, Carla Liuni, who starts on 16 March 2020.
As part of the reorganisation, Pandora will also invest in building stronger global functions including marketing, digital, merchandising and business intelligence. A Global Business Services centre will be established to deliver efficient and scalable transactional processes and drive efficiencies through standardisation and higher quality. These initiatives – to upgrade and long-term future-proof Pandora – follow the already announced decision to establish a digital hub in Copenhagen, the appointment of Carla Liuni as CMO, and the appointment of Erik Schmidt as chief HR pfficer.
“With today’s announcement, we bring our global headquarters closer to our local markets and consumers, and ensure that feedback from consumers can more quickly fuel new concept creations. The reorganisation will reduce organisational complexity, enable Pandora to execute with more speed and agility, and add critical capabilities required to support growth,” says Pandora boss Alexander Lacik.
As a consequence of the strategic reorganisation, 180 employees from Pandora’s regional offices and markets will leave the company and the three current regional presidents will step down from the executive leadership team. David Allen, currently president of Pandora EMEA will stay with Pandora and support Programme NOW, while Sid Keswani, current president of Pandora Americas, will become [resident of the North America cluster. Kenneth Madsen, current president of Pandora Asia Pacific, will leave the company.
The new organisation will take effect from April 2 2020.