The Situation

After benchmarking the operations of its French subsidiary with the other subsidiaries of the group, the Board decided to downsize the French activity to 50% of its current capacity .

This procedure required going through the local legislation for a collective dismissal .

Given this situation, the company requested a crisis manager with in depth knowledge of the French market and the ability to communicate with the Dutch headquarters.

Given the international nature of the customers, it was of the utmost importance that social conflicts were avoided or at least kept to a minimum.

The Solution

Through its international network, the WIL Group proposed a Belgian Crisis Manager with extensive experience in France who mastered both the French and Dutch languages. The Interim Manager was responsible for analysing the local situation and rolling out the restructuration according to French legislation.

The Result

After an initial evaluation, the Interim Manager, together with a local consultancy firm realised that the French subsidiary was no longer viable. In accordance with the Board, they decided to shut down the activity completely.

The Interim Manager rolled out the procedure for the shutdown in accordance with local legislation (book 1, book 2).

Through clear and open communication with the workers counsel, the Crisis Manager avoided social conflicts

and the shutdown was concluded in an orderly manner within time and budget constraints.

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