Vonage Cuts Jobs Stemming from ‘Acquisition Redundancy’

Job Cuts

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Vonage is eliminating almost 5 percent of its 1,800-plus workforce, or about 90 people.

Vonage's Jo Ann Tizzano

Vonage’s Jo Ann Tizzano

Jo Ann Tizzano, Vonage corporate communications spokesperson, tells Channel Partners her company has “quickly transformed over the past three years into a leader in cloud communications for business,” noting that Vonage is still actively hiring for other positions.

“We jump-started that transformation through acquisition, have grown rapidly in a short period of time and our workforce has grown considerably,” she said. “We started with 1,000 employees. As of today, our employee count is greater than 1,800.”

Last summer, Vonage acquired Nexmo, a provider of APIs for text messaging and voice communications. Other acquisitions include iCore Networks, Simple Signal and Telesphere.

“As our business continues to evolve, it is our responsibility to our stakeholders to assess the organization to ensure we have the right focus on the right areas to drive continued growth, and to move the business forward with innovation and agility,” Tizzano said. “As part of that assessment, we made the decision to eliminate less than 5 percent of our current workforce. These changes eliminate acquisition redundancy, and align with the present needs and future opportunities of our company. Vonage is actively hiring, with open positions exceeding 10 percent of our current workforce.”

No further information was made available regarding what types of positions are being eliminated and what positions are being added.

Last month, RapidScale acquired the hosted infrastructure services portion of Vonage’s business. RapidScale acquired the employees of this Vonage business unit and the following services: IaaS, hosted exchange, virtual desktop, IT services, hosted firewall, backup services and Microsoft Skype for Business.

One comment

  1. Avatar Master Agent July 12, 2017 @ 12:44 pm

    Wasn’t there just layoffs last year? Another so soon isn’t such a great sign. 8×8 and Ring Central have been much more stable.

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