20 AXED AT Q2 IN MERGER WITH ON-Q

Byline: Sharon Edelson

NEW YORK--Q2, the embattled QVC lifestyle home shopping service, will be merged with QVC's On-Q, a fashion shopping service aimed at younger customers.
On Wednesday, at least 20 Q2 staffers were fired, a source close to the company said.
The new, combined operation will be called Q2.
Candice Carpenter, president of the original Q2, left the company, it was learned Wednesday. Carpenter, who was at a speaking engagement in Los Angeles, could not be reached for comment.
Mark Bozek, Q2's senior vice president of programming, and Caryn Lerner, vice president of On-Q, who was named senior vice president of merchandising and planning for the new Q2, will run the operation. They will report to Douglas Briggs, president of QVC Inc.
Those fired reportedly included Harlan Bratcher, senior vice president of merchandising; Cynthia Basciani, general merchandise manager; Patrick Gates, divisional merchandise manager; Laurie Schechter, director of visuals, and William Cournoyer, buyer of men's and children's apparel. The public relations department was dismantled.
A source said layoffs will continue on Thursday. "Everybody had contracts. They gave everybody a month of severance pay."
The staff of On-Q, which is based in West Chester, Pa., will relocate to Q2 offices and production facilities in Long Island City.

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