Duke CE restructuring affects U.S. employees

Apr. 08, 2013 @ 10:02 PM

Duke Corporate Education cut 10 workers from its U.S. operations in a restructuring that was done in response to the nonprofit’s growing global business, according to the nonprofit’s chief executive.
The nonprofit is a support corporation for Duke University that provides custom education for business executives. It operates separately from the university.
Mike Canning, CEO of Duke Corporate Education, said in an email that the nonprofit recently took steps to realign its workforce with its increasingly global footprint. He said it has the same number of employees globally as it did a year ago following the restructuring, however.
In a previous interview in February, Canning had said the nonprofit had about 130 employees. Of the 10 workers who were cut from the nonprofit’s U.S. operations, nine were in the Durham office, Canning said in an email on Monday.
The Durham office is located at American Tobacco downtown at 310 Blackwell St. The office is still its largest by far, he said, making up more than 50 percent of its total headcount.
Canning said the nonprofit is continuing to grow its business in North America as well as in Africa and Asia. He said the organization continues to add employees in Africa, and plans a further expansion of its business and employee headcount in Asia this summer.
“As a global education firm, our greatest asset and largest cost is our people,” Canning said. “Ensuring we have the right number and type of people able to serve clients in each of our global locations is critical. As a small, entrepreneurial organization, we have to actively manage costs. Our restructuring actions were in direct response to these two factors.”