DG slashes head count

More than half of Data General's (DG) workforce has been cut from its local offices following its acquisition by storage giant EMC.

Fifty-five people from DG's 100-strong staff in Australia and New Zealand have been retrenched, with the majority of jobs losses in the marketing and sales departments. The retrenchments come after DG announced it would no longer install new products.

DG said it would only service and sell product to its install base in Australia and NZ.

Data General will maintain offices in Auckland, Wellington, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, according to DG's Australian and NZ managing director, Dan O'Hara.

"DG will continue to service, organise, and provide assistance to its extensive customer base throughout Australia and New Zealand," O'Hara said.

Set to lead the new division of EMC is DG's national service's business manager, David Clugston, who will head up DG's Asia Pacific business.

O'Hara is unsure whether an appropriate position will be available for him with the new entity.

EMC acquired DG for $US1.1 billion in August this year.

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