Organizational Shift at Kodak Sees Faraci's Departure
ROCHESTER, NY—Eastman Kodak President Philip Faraci has stepped down amid a number of personnel changes taking place within the bankrupt firm. Antonio Perez, chairman and CEO of Kodak, said the changes and expanded cost structure reductions reflect Kodak’s strategic focus on the Commercial, Packaging & Functional Printing Solutions and Enterprise Services business, and the sales processes of its Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging businesses.
Kodak expects to reduce its workforce by approximately an additional 1,000 employees by the end of 2012. This year alone, Kodak has eliminated approximately 2,700 employees worldwide. The annualized savings generated by these headcount reductions, including compensation and benefits, is approximately $330 million. Kodak is also evaluating further operational and workforce reductions.
“Kodak is becoming a more focused and competitively scaled company,” Perez said. “We recognize that we must significantly and expeditiously reduce our current cost structure, which is designed for a much larger, more diversified set of businesses. We are reorganizing our senior management team, an action that will help accelerate the creation of a sustainable cost structure for operating our business for the benefit of our customers and position our Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging businesses for successful sales.”
Under the new management structure:
• Faraci is leaving the company. Perez noted that as COO, Faraci played an important role in helping transform Kodak. With Faraci’s assistance, the company believes it has developed excellent operational leadership processes to take forward its remaining businesses.
• The Commercial, Packaging & Functional Printing Solutions and Enterprise Services business will primarily include the Digital Printing and Enterprise (DP&E) and Graphics, Entertainment and Commercial Films (GECF) units. DP&E President Douglas Edwards and GECF President Brad Kruchten will report directly to Perez.
• CFO Antoinette McCorvey has decided to leave the company. Rebecca Roof, a managing director of AlixPartners, the company’s restructuring advisory firm, will become CFO on an interim basis, reporting to Perez. Roof has served in similar capacities for other companies that have successfully emerged from Chapter 11 restructurings, and she has deep experience in scaling overhead costs, implementing cost reduction programs, managing liquidity and raising capital, and executing asset sales—all critical areas of focus for Kodak as the company concludes its restructuring.
• Laura Quatela, Kodak president, will assume the additional role of president, Personalized Imaging, and lead that business through its sale process.
• Dolores Kruchten will become president, Document Imaging, to lead that business through its sale process.
• Quatela and Dolores Kruchten are expected to remain with Kodak until the sales of their respective businesses are completed in the first half of 2013.
The company will report three business segments: Digital Printing and Enterprise; Graphics, Entertainment and Commercial Films; and a new segment led by Quatela that includes the two businesses for sale, Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging.
“This business structure puts the right people in the right positions to accomplish the key tasks that will help Kodak successfully emerge,” commented Perez.