Barrick (NYSE:ABX)(TSX:ABX ) Completes Organization Review
TORONTO, ONTARIO - 10/19/09- All amounts expressed in US dollars unless otherwise indicatedBarrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:ABX)(TSX:ABX ) announced today that it has completed an internal organization review and is making improvements to its organizational structure.
The purpose of this review was to ensure clear alignment within the company on key priorities, appropriate resources are in place to support these priorities and clarity around roles and responsibilities. An additional goal was to identify ways to simplify work practices and reduce our overall general and administrative (G & A) cost structure. An internal team of senior executives worked with colleagues throughout the company to determine their recommendations, without using outside consultants.
Many of the recommendations will result in changes in work practices and in particular improving the level of communication and coordination throughout the company. Areas of overlap have been identified and will be eliminated. More responsibility and accountability will be held by the regional business units. As a result, there will be a net reduction of about 80 positions, primarily in Toronto. These positions will be largely phased out over the next six months. A non-recurring charge of approximately $30 million will be split between the third and fourth quarters of this year. Corporate and regional pre-tax savings of at least $50 million are expected to be realized on an annualized basis once fully implemented.
"This organizational review was initiated to look for ways in which we could improve how we are managing the company and better position us to maximize the value of our asset base and secure growth opportunities. When these decisions are fully implemented, we expect to achieve significant savings and our decision making and execution capabilities will be meaningfully enhanced," said Aaron Regent, Barrick President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our review team did an excellent job and I have been impressed with the thoroughness and professionalism that they brought to this project."
Barrick Gold Corporation's vision is to become the world's best gold company by finding, acquiring, developing and producing quality reserves in a safe, profitable and socially responsible manner.
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