Finally, people are starting to mention the unmentionable - radical and aggressive cost cutting, see New PaperlinX CFO lists priorities published by the AFR in today's digital edition .
Truth is that only harsh medicine can now save PaperlinX. Who better to administer it than a newcomer with a track record of corporate turnarounds. One can easily imagine that Richard Barfield obtained a clear mandate for change before accepting this post as he has his reputation to protect.
First to go will the obvious symbols of past indulgences, like Milton Keynes. That's too easy although it was beyond former management. Expect vigorous cuts in middle management soon.
SuX has previously resisted stating the obvious about the head count. The period between Barfield's appointment and release of Marchant's imminent review was the logical window, see Putting lipstick on a pig.
And to those few remaining critics of suX, the above figures are from audited accounts.
Where does Andrew Price fit into the Barfield plan? Who knows; however one would reasonably expect these two agents of change to share common values. Hopefully they will meet when Price in in the UK next week. Or will the Board prohibit their meeting?
What does Mr Market say?
What does Harry Boon say?
The AFR story carried this picture which hopefully symbolizes a new openness at PaperlinX.
We live in hope. Be strong Mr Barfield.