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SSL International IT jobs at risk following Reckitt Benckiser merger

Angelica Mari

SSL International is poised to make several IT posts redundant, following its takeover by consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser.

SSL International's new owner is planning to reduce headcount across the IT department in a drive to reduce £100m in annual savings by 2012.

Healthcare business SSL International, the manufacturer of brands such as Durex and Scholl, was acquired by Reckitt Benckiser in July in a £2.5bn deal.

SSL's technology stack is heavily SAP-based. According to the LinkedIn profile of the company's chief information officer (CIO) Peter Whitehurst, the company is two-thirds through implementing a SAP platform across all business units.

Peter Whitehurst also said SSL was increasingly focusing on e-commerce sales for Scholl and Durex. He also said the company was improving websites to improve brand affinity.

It remain undecided whether Whitehurst will still have a role in the IT organisation as the companies merge. Gareth Hill is senior vice-president of information services and CIO of Reckitt Benckiser, and has been with the company since 2006.

A spokesperson for Reckitt Benckiser refused to comment on the job losses.


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