Tate & Lyle human resources director made redundant in company shake-up

Sugar producer Tate & Lyle is making its group HR director redundant as it restructures in the wake of poor financial results.

The company told Personnel Today that “HR issues would be dealt with at a divisional level” following the departure of Corry Wille, who had been with the firm for three-and-a-half years.

Last week, Tate & Lyle’s interim results revealed that pre-tax profit had fallen from £149m in the six months to September 2006 to £120m in the same period this year.

A statement from the company’s chairman David Lees and chief executive Iain Ferguson said: “After the period-end, we implemented changes to our management structure to improve internal efficiency and enhance customer focus.”

Part of this restructure saw Wille’s job at the company’s UK headquarters made redundant. A Tate & Lyle spokeswoman told Personnel Today: “With the new organisational structure, strategic HR issues will now be addressed at a divisional level. Therefore, Corry Wille is leaving the organisation, but will stay with Tate & Lyle for a transition period.”

She added that further job cuts could not be ruled out.

“There will be a review of central functions to ensure we are aligned with the business structure, but I can’t confirm any numbers,” the spokeswoman said.

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