GEARPHORIA MAR/APR 2015
Corporate staff laid off at Guitar Center...
MI retailer Guitar Center has cut
a number of corporate and field
supervision jobs after an evaluation
of staffing levels conducted by the
company. While the exact number
of job cuts has not been released,
it is thought to be in excess of 70.
Michael Amkreutz, Guitar Center’s
executive vice president, market-
ing, merchandising and e-commerce,
said in a statement that the reduction
included less than one percent of the
overall workforce and consisted of
reductions at the corporate offices
in Westlake Village, California, and
field management positions.
“This action was designed to cre-
ate a more effective and efficient
organization and was based on func-
tional area,” Amkreutz continued.
“Despite this reduction, we continue
to actively recruit for a variety of
positions in Westlake Village that are
matched with the needs of our ongo-
ing growth plans.”
Currently, the retailer has no plans
to reduce staff at its 260+ stores, and
its store opening and remodeling
Darrell Webb, former top man
at big box sporting goods retailer
Sports Authority, took over the chief
executive role at Guitar Center last
November, replacing Mike Pratt.
Webb also previously served as
CEO of fabrics and crafts retailer
Joann Stores as well as working in
executive roles with grocery chains
Kroger and Fred Meyer.
CHANGES in Guitar Center policy, including one
addressing remote employees, is calling the future of
long-standing internet gear community Harmony Central
into question. Dendy Jarrett, the man tasked with turning
the site around after several years of damage caused by
problem-ladened relaunches, is no longer with the site,
and long-time senior editor and site admin Phil O’Keefe
was laid off last month, though he remains a member and
moderator at press time. More changes could be in the
cards for the site. Guitar Center owns Harmony Central.
Guitar Center is majority owned by Ares Management.
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...and Harmony Central too.