Building materials giant Ikea is hiring a new chief technology officer for its U.K. operations, according to a statement from the company.

The move comes less than a week after the company announced that it would lay off more than 100 employees.

The company said it was cutting the workforce in response to a “significant global shift in demand for materials, which has resulted in significant reductions in our global supply chain.”

The hiring comes on the heels of a slew of layoffs at Ikea’s U.A.E. offices earlier this month.

The closures include more than 600 people at its British facilities, as well as a number of other countries.

The company also announced that its new chief digital officer, Mark Henson, will join the company’s operations.

He will report directly to the company CEO, József Bäckström, who will be responsible for building the company on a “transformational” foundation, according the company statement.

Ikea has seen a sharp slowdown in global demand for its building materials over the last several years, which the company says is due to new regulations on packaging and other materials used in the manufacture of buildings.

The firm is also seeking to boost supply chain productivity by bringing on board a number other suppliers, including a major steel supplier and the plastics giant Dow.

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