Job cuts affect 10% of Vignette Asia staff

Software maker Vignette Asia Pacific is retrenching over 20 staff in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan), following its parent company's decision to lay off workers worldwide.

SINGAPORE--Software maker Vignette Asia Pacific is retrenching over 20 staff in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan), following its parent company's decision to lay off workers worldwide.

On Monday, Austin, Texas-based Vignette Corp said that it had cut about 10 percent of its global workforce to reduce costs.

According to Vignette spokesman Maury Lane, the job reduction affected about 196 employees of its total global staff strength of 1,960.

In an interview today, Vignette Asia Pacific acting general manager Yaj Malik said that the company was "executing a staff reduction program this week in line with the 10 percent global job cuts".

"It's an exercise to reduce cost, expenses and to be in line with out global revenue expectations," Malik said in an email response. He did not elaborate.

Malik added that Vignette had over 200 staff in its regional offices (excluding Japan) prior to the retrenchments, which include Hong Kong, Australia, the Philippines, Singapore, Cambodia, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and China.

However, Malik declined to provide of a breakdown of job cuts by countries.

He also declined to reveal what positions were affected except that "it is across all functions and we are not able to provide specific details at this time".

Malik declined to provide details of compensation for the laid-off workers, except to say that compensation "is provided to affected employees as stated in their contracts when they joined Vignette. This is private and confidential to the employees". The latest layoffs at Vignette brings its year-to-date global job cuts to more than 500. Earlier this year, the company trimmed its workforce by about 15 percent, or about 345 employees.

In January, Vignette Asean spokesperson Ong Hwee Suan said that about 21 staff or 11 percent of its workforce in the region had lost their jobs.

Meanwhile, Malik declined to comment when asked whether there would be more job cuts in the pipeline for Vignette Asia Pacific.

However, when asked if Vignette plans to increase headcount in the region this year, he said: "If sales and revenues look good and if the climate is poised to grow, we will grow alongside with the opportunities in the market in the future." He did not provide further details.

Malik also declined to comment on whether its offices in the region would be shut down.

He is currently filling the role of Ang Miah Boon, who was vice president and general manager for Vignette Asia Pacific. Last month, Ang was appointed vice president and managing director for Network Associates Asia Pacific.

Vignette's customers in the region include Telecom NZ, Cathay Pacific, Proctor and Gamble, Singapore Press Holdings, Sportal Asia, Times of India, Eastern Publishing and Pacific Internet.

Vignette Corp last traded at US$6.90, up US$0.20, on the Nasdaq.

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