Honeywell names David Paja as new president of global security business

David Paja: the new president of Honeywell's global security business

David Paja: the new president of Honeywell’s global security business

Honeywell has announced the appointment of David Paja as president of the Honeywell Security Group, effective from Thursday 19 January. Paja succeeds Ron Rothman, who has taken the decision to retire after 30-plus years’ service within the business sector in order to spend more time with his family.

In his new role, Paja will lead Honeywell’s nearly $3 billion global security business, which includes a broad portfolio of leading security products and technologies as well as ADI, the well-known distributor of security and low-voltage products.

Paja will be based in Melville, NY and report to Alex Ismail, president and CEO of Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions.

David Paja: the Curriculum Vitae

Paja joined Honeywell back in 2003 and, most recently, served as vice-president and general manager for Honeywell Transportation Systems in China and India, where he led a team that drove significant growth for the business, in turn securing long-term contracts with both domestic and global OEMs.

Prior to that, Paja served as vice-president of global marketing for Honeywell Turbo Technologies. In this capacity he led on strategic planning, product strategy and worldwide business development.

While in the latter role, Paka also helped secure Honeywell’s position as the pre-eminent leader in the global turbocharger industry, moving the company into new segments, driving growth across key European markets and, importantly, expanding the company’s position in high growth regions.

“David is an accomplished leader who will build on Honeywell Security Group’s strong industry position at the forefront of technology for the Connected Home and the Connected Building,” explained Alex Ismail.

“David’s diverse background builds on generations of leadership in the security industry in dynamic new ways. He has broad experience in understanding the needs of customers in both developed markets and high growth regions, and has a proven track record of driving new product introductions and innovations that have resulted in expanded growth for the company.”

Strong and passionate business leader

Paying tribute to Ron Rothman, Ismail added: “I would like to thank Ron for his leadership and significant contributions to both Honeywell and the industry in general, and I wish him and his family all the very best for the future. Ron has been a strong and passionate leader. In his more than 30 years in the security industry and at Honeywell, he built lasting customer relationships and drove the development of innovative products and solutions that helped transform the market. Ron has been a driving force in making Honeywell a security industry leader and positioning the organisation for ongoing growth and success.”

Rothman has served as president of Honeywell Security Group since January 2010 and will remain with the company through until June to assist with the transition period for his successor.

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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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