Portland tech company Jama Software laid off 17 employees Tuesday as part of a broad reorganization that included an executive shakeup, according to an internal company document obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive.

Tuesday’s cuts amount to about 8 percent of Jama’s workforce. They include its vice president of product and strategy and its vice president of human resources. Last month Jama parted with its vice presidents of marketing and engineering.

Eleven of the 17 people who lost their jobs Tuesday are women, according to the document and an employee familiar with the cuts. Jama is among two-dozen organizations that have pledged to work to diversify Portland tech, which remains overwhelmingly white and overwhelmingly male.

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The gender imbalance is particularly acute among software developers, highly technical and highly compensated positions that are dominated by men. The list of Jama layoffs indicate that most of those who lost their jobs Tuesday are in managerial, administrative, marketing or sales jobs, where the gender imbalance is less pronounced.

Jama declined to comment on the executive shakeup and did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the number of women who lost their jobs.

The company did acknowledge layoffs in a statement to The Oregonian/OregonLive, though. Chief executive Scott Roth said the company combined its sales, marketing and customer account teams into a single group and combined its product and engineering employees in another group. He said the shakeup better prepares Jama for growth.

“These changes resulted in some role additions and some role eliminations,” Roth said in his statement. “Jama continues to have a massive opportunity for growth ahead and these changes were designed to maximize success in the near-term as well years to come.”

Jama said it now has 200 employees, up from 150 last summer.

Engineers and others use Jama’s technology to manage the development of all manner of new products, from computer chips and bulldozers to software and rocket ships. Customers include SpaceX, Merck, Nvidia and Tektronix.

Last summer Jama took a $200 million investment led by the private equity firm Insight Venture Partners, cashing out some prior investors and former employees. Former CEO Eric Winquist, a Jama co-founder, left the company in August.

— Mike Rogoway | twitter: @rogoway | 503-294-7699





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