Fri, Sep 15, 2006
Impact Not That Bad So Far
A hiring freeze announced last week
by Airbus CEO Christian Streiff is taking its toll on all the
planemaker's facilities worldwide... including Airbus' North
America Engineering Center in Wichita, KS.
Plant general manager Bill Greer told the Wichita Eagle that so
far, the freeze hasn't affected operations at that facility very
much... in fact, new hires the company had planned to bring onboard
before the freeze were still able to find jobs.
Greer added, however, the situation could change if the freeze
remains in effect for a long time.
An Airbus spokeswoman said the temporary hiring freeze is due to
the recent replacement of former Airbus chief Gustav Humbert by
"The temporary hiring freeze is pretty standard operating
procedure for a company with a brand new CEO," said spokeswoman
Mary Anne Greczyn. "He (Streiff) has to be able to fully assess the
company and its growing list of successful projects while the
organization is in a stable state."
Airbus employs 57,000 people worldwide, including about 200 at
its wing design center in Wichita... where workers are tasked with
developing the wing for the freighter version of the upcoming
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