Hochiki Europe appoints new managing director as company celebrates record year

Graham Lowe: the new managing director of Hochiki Europe (UK)

Graham Lowe: the new managing director of Hochiki Europe (UK)

Life safety solutions manufacturer Hochiki Europe (UK) has appointed Graham Lowe as its new managing director. Lowe – who previously held the position of sales director – has worked for the business for more than 20 years and built up four decades of experience within the life safety industry.

Lowe’s appointment has been announced in the wake of a successful financial year at Hochiki Europe, with the business celebrating a record annual turnover for 2016-2017.

Lowe joined Hochiki Europe in 1996 as regional sales manager for the Northern region. Throughout his career, which has been spent in various roles within the company, he has developed expertise in all aspects of the life safety industry – from electrical engineering and the design of fire detection systems through to sales and senior management.

Commenting on his appointment, Lowe informed Risk UK: “Over the last decade, Hochiki Europe has continued to lead the way in the design and manufacture of innovative life safety solutions. This last year has been an especially exciting one for the business. We were able to strengthen our position in the Italian market with the acquisition of Device and Electronic Systems (DES srl) and the creation of Hochiki Italia. We also increased our presence in Africa by investing in our sales team presence in the region.”

Lowe continued: “Over the years, I’ve been involved with some fantastic projects at Hochiki Europe, including the installation of our technology at London St Pancras Station as well as the creation of the company’s international Research and Development Centre. Going forward, I will be helping the business to grow its position as a leading life safety systems manufacturer in the international overseas markets, as well as supporting the development of an in-depth product range which will match the evolving needs and expectations of our customers.”

About the Author

Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications)

Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting.

In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector.

In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute’s George van Schalkwyk Award.

An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award.

Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site.

Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media.

Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014.

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