“Rosneft” by half will reduce the Moscow office of “Bashneft”

“Rosneft” by half will reduce the Moscow office of “Bashneft”

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The office of the company “Bashneft” in Moscow

Photo: Ekaterina Kuzmina/RBC

“Rosneft” has decided to lay off 50% of the Moscow office of “Bashneft”, say close to the companies sources. The representative of “Rosneft” Mikhail Leontyev told RBC that does not see sense to keep an office in Moscow

Rosneft, which is October 12, acquired of 50.08% of Bashneft in property management Agency for 329,69 billion rubles, plans in early November to approve its new staffing (number of staff), said the source, “Interfax” confirmed RBC employee itself “Bashneft”.

According to the new staffing, the number of Moscow office of “Bashneft” can be reduced by almost half, says one of the interlocutors of “Interfax”. This was also heard two staff members of “Bashneft” and “Rosneft” who spoke with RBC. Another employee of “Bashneft” I heard about the 30% reduction in staff of the Moscow office. Only in the Moscow office of Bashneft employs around 700 people, that is, the reduction can tap 210-350 people.

Primarily intended to abolish the departments and services that after the transaction carry out duplicating functions, in particular the export direction, marketing, etc., writes “Interfax” with reference to one of the sources. Moreover, “there is a view that the management should work close to production,” said another interviewee. In this case, the office of Bashneft in Ufa will be strengthened including through the transfer to the managers of the Moscow office of “Bashneft”.

“It’s totally natural. When we talked about optimization and synergies in particular this included the reduction of overlapping functions,” said RBC press-Secretary of Rosneft Mikhail Leontyev. To comment on specific figures on the volume of cuts, he did not.

“I do not understand why “Bashneft” now we need the Moscow office. It is a subsidiary operating in the region (in Bashkiria. — RBC). And in Moscow there is a company called Rosneft, it is the Central office,” — said Leontiev.

“Rosneft” has completely changed the management of “Bashneft”, headed by its President Alexander Corsica October 13, the day after the purchase of a controlling stake of the company. “Bashneft” headed by the Vice-President of “Rosneft” Andrei Shishkin. Then was fired, and Vice President of “Bashneft”, are not included in the composition of the Board, a total of about 17 people, and head of the subsidiaries, told the interlocutors of RBC.

“Bashneft” is a subsidiary of Rosneft, we fully control the situation” — CEO of “Rosneft” Igor Sechin explained the change of leadership a new “daughter”.

In addition to the top managers and several heads of departments, while no one else was fired, but has already warned about the reduction of overlapping functions, said RBC close to Bashneft source. Already retired from Bashneft managers received three salary in accordance with the Labour code, he points out. This is confirmed by the employee of Rosneft. Transfer of employees of “Bashneft” from Moscow to Ufa, one of the interlocutors RBC calls it inappropriate: there are so “bloated state”.

On Friday morning the head of Bashkortostan Rustem Khamitov (Republic owns 25% of “Bashneft”) stated that optimization of the number of employees is unlikely, “since the optimization measures in recent years has been rather active these optimization features already selected” (quoted by “Interfax”). However, on Thursday Igor Sechin, who this week met with Khamitov said that “Rosneft” will be to optimize the structure of “Bashneft” because “there is huge potential for efficiencies.” “Yesterday (on Wednesday. — RBC) held a meeting with the management of “Bashneft” in the presence of the head of Bashkortostan Rustem Khamitov. We clearly showed him where we can improve efficiency. I think he was pleasantly surprised by those numbers that we showed and the purposes which we put before these assets”, — said the head of “Rosneft”.