IBM is slashing jobs in marketing and communications

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POLAND – 2023/09/11: In this photo illustration, IBM logo seen displayed on a smartphone with Artifical Intelligence (AI) symbols in the background. 

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IBM on Tuesday told employees in its marketing and communications division that it’s slashing the size of its staff, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

Jonathan Adashek, IBM’s chief communications officer, made the announcement in a roughly seven-minute meeting with staffers in the unit, said the person, who asked not to be named because the news hasn’t been made public.

The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

In December, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna told CNBC that the company was “massively upskilling all of our employees on AI,” after it announced a plan in August to replace nearly 8,000 jobs with AI. IBM said on its earnings call in January of last year that it was cutting 3,900 positions.

The latest cuts come alongside another round of downsizing in the tech industry. So far this year, some 204 tech companies have cut almost 50,000 jobs, according to the website Layoffs.fyi. January was the busiest month for layoffs since March, as Alphabet, Amazon and Unity all announced job cuts.

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