Magnus Ahlqvist appointed president and CEO of Securitas AB as of March 2018

Magnus Ahlqvist

Magnus Ahlqvist

The Board of Directors of Securitas AB has appointed Magnus Ahlqvist as the new president and CEO of the business with effect from March 2018. Ahlqvist will replace Alf Göransson, who has asked to leave his position after having led Securitas successfully for the last 11 years.

Since 1 September 2015, Ahlqvist has served as divisional president of Securitas’ Security Services Europe operation and been a member of Securitas’ Group Management. He joined the company from Motorola Mobility (a Google company before it was taken over by Lenovo), where he was corporate vice-president (EMEA and India) at Motorola.

Before that, Ahlqvist worked at Sony Ericsson and Sony Mobile Communications for 12 years. Among other roles, he was president of Sony Mobile Communications in China for three years and served as vice-president and general manager for Spain and Portugal at Telefónica as well as spending time in the role of general manager in Canada.

43 year-old Ahlqvist holds an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics and a leadership qualification from the Harvard Business School.

“Securitas is a wonderful company with very competent and engaged people in its ranks,” explained Ahlqvist. “It’s the leading security services company in the world. We have a winning strategy and we’re heading up the transformation of the security industry from traditional on-site guarding to a considerably broader spectrum of advanced security solutions and electronic security. It’s a great honour to be made president and CEO, and I’m very excited about working with all of the great people in the Securitas team around the world during this new phase, whereupon we’ll be driving an even stronger focus on new digital technology in security. Delivering the best engagement and service to our customers is always of the highest priority.”

Alf Göransson

Alf Göransson

Alf Göransson will continue in his role as president and CEO of Securitas until next March. For the following two years he will then serve as an advisor to Ahlqvist, also offering support when it comes to some customer relations activities, acquisition-related matters and industry-specific topics. Göransson will leave Securitas’ Board of Directors at the same time as he resigns his position as president and CEO of the business.

“Come March next year, I will have been president and CEO of Securitas for 11 years,” said Göransson. “Now is the time to do something else in my career and in my life. It has been a fantastic privilege to lead this great company. It’s a business that’s heading the development of the security industry thanks to its strong culture and engaged employees.”

Marie Ehrling, chairman of the Board of Securitas, stated: “Transformation in the security business sector is happening fast. The next step will be to capitalise on the possibilities afforded by new digital technology. This transformation has to be managed both quickly and powerfully so that we maintain our position. During his two years with the company, Magnus has showed strong leadership and great insights, as well as a genuine sense of finding the best solutions for Securitas’ customers. With Magnus as the new president and CEO, we’re securing continuity in the company and the continued powerful implementation of Securitas’ strategy.”

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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