Continuing a trend of realignment and consolidation that began last year, MCI Communications Corp. said yesterday that it is combining its four regional sales divisions into two national business units.
The company did not expect layoffs as a result of the streamlining but did not rule out that possibility. "That decision hasn't been made yet," said spokesman Jim Crawford.
Mr. Crawford said a small number of employees at the affected sites -- San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta and Rye Brook, N.Y. -- might be asked to move as a result of the consolidation. MCI, which has 28,000 employees worldwide, has 3,280 employees at the four sites. None of the four offices is being closed.
"Today's announcement completes the shift from geography-based marketing to customer segment-based marketing for the company," said Daniel F. Akerson, company president and chief operating officer. "By streamlining MCI's business efforts into two national units, the company is better positioned to implement targeted marketing."