Acquisition of Seccredo AB boosts Pinkerton’s business operations in Northern Europe

Jack Zahran: president at Pinkerton

Jack Zahran: president at Pinkerton

Pinkerton – the global provider of risk management services and solutions with offices in central London and Uxbridge and a blue chip client roster right across the UK – has boosted its operations in Northern Europe with the acquisition of security consulting services provider Seccredo AB. This latest deal comes hot on the heels of Pinkerton’s successful acquisition late last year of Poland-based IBBC Group.

Stockholm-based Seccredo AB, which has now been officially re-branded as Pinkerton, is renowned for the emergency support and assistance it offered Swedish citizens in locating missing family and relatives following the tsunami in South East Asia in 2004, the year in which the company was founded.

Its clients include private sector businesses, Government agencies and organisations across myriad industries, among them manufacturing, energy production, telecoms, food, pharmaceuticals, media, real estate, hotels and service companies. Clients in the financial sector comprise banks, securities and insurance-related businesses.

Following the rebranding as Pinkerton, new offices have been opened close to the heart of Sweden’s capital, which will offer clients access to a full spectrum of complex consulting services and security solutions, among them background screening, due diligence, business intelligence, crisis management, computer forensics and risk analysis.

Seccredo AB’s sister operations in Latvia and Poland are also being brought under the Pinkerton brand.

The new Scandinavian/Baltics connection complements Pinkerton’s UK and wider EMEA operations, where a team of security professionals provides a complete range of services to all areas of mainland Europe and Northern Eurasia, focusing in particular on specialist areas of mitigating risk ranging from Intellectual Property protection and computer forensics through to crisis management and physical surveillance.

Making the announcement about the Seccredo AB deal, Pinkerton’s president Jack Zahran told Risk UK: “Risk continues to become increasingly globalised, meaning that the events taking place halfway around the world are impacting the ability of businesses down the street to achieve their goals. We’re excited to expand the Pinkerton brand and, with the opening of this new office in Stockholm, improve our abilities to assess corporate risk, recommend mitigation strategies and then help business leaders to implement those strategies.”

Expanding its presence throughout Europe further strengthens Pinkerton’s global network of experts that the agency can draw upon at key points in time in order to identify new and emerging threats that could potentially prevent businesses from accomplishing their objectives.

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 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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