DigitalGlobe headquarters
DigitalGlobe's headquarters in Westminster, Colorado. Credit: DigitalGlobe

WASHINGTON — Citing a drive for greater operational efficiency, imaging satellite operator DigitalGlobe of Westminster, Colorado, is laying off 40 people, or 2 percent of its workforce.

In a statement, Grover Wray, DigitalGlobe senior vice president and chief human resource officer, said the job cuts were not concentrated in any particular region or function. About half of the affected positions were in Colorado, said Turner Brinton, a company spokesman.

“These decisions are necessary in order to better align our talent with our strategic vision plan while delivering on our commitment to our share owners,” Wray said in the statement, which noted that DigitalGlobe’s average annual growth rate since 2010 is 19 percent.

DigitalGlobe acquired rival imagery provider GeoEye in 2013.

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