Wednesday, January 22, 2003

P&G offices shed 'your father's Oldsmobile' look

By Cliff Peale
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Along with the physical change comes a corporate change that depicts the Cincinnati-based giant as a player in the 21st century.
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Reception area

Reception area

Waiting area


Conference room

A.G. Lafley's area

Dick Antoine's area


Procter & Gamble Co. executives will travel about the length of a football field to their new offices next week, but they might as well be going to another planet.

The dark wood paneling and portraits on the 11th floor of P&G's general offices are gone, replaced by open offices, glass-enclosed conference rooms and plasma television screens.

The remodeling is one of several steps chairman and chief executive A.G. Lafley has taken to modernize P&G's corporate identity.

"This is about real change and also a symbol of change," said Dick Antoine, global human resources officer and one of 11 occupants of the new digs. The redesigned space "is about collaboration, openness and access."

The old offices are beautiful, Mr. Antoine said, but their style might be akin "to your father's Oldsmobile." The new design is not, he said.

Other residents include chief financial officer Clayton Daley, global marketing officer Jim Stengel and global product supply officer Keith Harrison.

The offices fill about 14,000 square feet, or one-third of the floor. The remainder will be the company's new training center, filled with flexible spaces and a "Town Square."

There are no doors to the executives' offices, although each has a small conference room to the side.

There are two new boardrooms, one with full teleconferencing capability and one in the shape of a circle that can be opened so executives can look across the entire floor.


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