Previous Article Next Article Key merger role for junior Corus staffOn 15 May 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Junior members of the HR team at steel company Corus played a key role incutting senior management positions after British Steel and Dutch aluminiumgiant Koninklijke Hoogovens merged. After the merger was announced in October 1999, these junior staff helped insupporting the redundancy process and to develop HR policies for the mergedcompany, including a health and safety policy. The company had to reduce the number of its senior managers from 800 to 500by the end of December. “This did not go down well with some of the senior HR people in thebusiness. “But they were candidates for some of the roles and I could not usethem,” he said. Johnston said that if British Steel had not merged the 6,050 UK redundanciesthat the company confirmed this month would have happened a year ago. Johnston said he was involved in the merger process the day after the chiefexecutives of the two companies had made the decision to join forces. “A lot of difficult decisions had to be made. We decided to do it fast.We probably got 95 per cent of appointments right and five per wrong. Getting95 per cent right fast is better than getting 98 per cent slow.” Related posts:No related photos.