Global telecom company’s layoffs in NC will leave more than 150 people without jobs

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More than 150 workers at a telecommunications service provider company in Charlotte will lose their jobs later this year, according to documents filed with the N.C. Department of Commerce.

NTT America Inc., a global software and technology company based in Japan, will permanently lay off 151 employees, effective Dec. 6, at its 11005 Rushmore Drive office in Ballantyne, according to the Commerce Department’s WARN report. The company’s Ballantyne office is in the multi-tenant, three-floor Hall Building.

The layoffs are expected to occur during a 14-day period starting Dec. 6, Suzanne Joly, vice president of human resources, said in a letter dated Oct. 5 to the state.

A list of more than 60 job classifications that are being eliminated includes positions such as accounting, purchasing agents, analysts, and operations and billing.

The company did not provide reasons for the Charlotte layoffs in its filing with the state.

When asked for comment about the layoffs, the company emailed a statement to the Observer Monday saying it is in the process of making changes to improve efficiency, employee experience and its focus on clients.

“NTT opened its Ballantyne office in 2005 and will continue to maintain an office presence in the area,” the company said in its statement to the Observer.

NTT America and related divisions form part of the NTT Group, based in Tokyo, which is made up of more than 900 companies with more than 320,000 employees worldwide. NTT stands for Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., according to the company.

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