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Harman job cuts 'nothing to do with Samsung'

Laura  Barnes
Harman job cuts 'nothing to do with Samsung'

Last week, Harman announced that it was axing 650 employees from its pro solutions division.

Today, MI Pro sister publication PSNEurope has spoken to a company spokesperson to find out more about what the announcement means for Harman and its portfolio of brands.

Harman’s initial statement revealed that along with the 650 job losses, there would also be European office closures.

PSNEurope says it understands that no brands will be cut from the Harman portfolio, and its source revealed that an “aggressive” hiring policy is already in action. This means that the ‘650’ figure may actually be a lot lower, with the spokesperson saying the net staff loss should be closer to 300.
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“This strategy, we were told, will see the company make significant staff additions to its Centres of Competency, which, our source said, is a “major focus” for the company going forward,” reported the publication.

“We were also told unequivocally that the job cuts had nothing to do with Samsung and that Harman is “still an independent company that operates separately from Samsung”.”

Despite the closure of European offices, David Glaubke (director of public relations, global professional solutions, at Harman International), revealed that Harman will be creating additional "Experience Centers" in the US and Europe.

Tags: harman , pro audio , samsung , PSNEurope , job cuts

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