Paul van der Zanden appointed to Director General’s role at Euralarm

Paul van der Zanden

Paul van der Zanden

Paul van der Zanden is the new Director General of Euralarm, the Association of European manufacturers and installers of fire safety and security systems. Harbouring over 30 years’ experience in the global security market, van der Zenden is committed to making Europe a safer place wherein more and more individuals and businesses have access to reliable fire protection and security systems as well as services.

Existing economic models are changing rapidly and new technologies and regulation will create both risks and opportunities. This will have an impact on the security and fire safety industry. Euralarm has existed for almost 50 years and continues to play an important role in driving new regulations and standardisation to support quality and an open market approach. A good relationship with local organisations and policy-makers within individual countries and, indeed, right across Europe are part of this process.

In this changing environment, Euralarm works proactively on awareness, education and regulation. The Association offers a platform for different stakeholders from the industry to work together on standardisation, innovation and market development.

“We want to ensure that the industry will continue to offer Best in Class professional products, systems and services which are secure, reliable and accessible for all European people and businesses,’’ asserted van der Zenden. “We’re well aware of the responsibility we have as an industry to deliver products, systems and services which do their job at the moment they’re counted upon.”

Euralarm represents the electronic fire and security industry, providing leadership and expertise for industry, the market, policy-makers and standards bodies alike. The organisation’s members make society safer and secure through systems and services for fire detection and extinguishing, intrusion detection, access control, video monitoring and alarm transmission.

Founded in 1970, Euralarm represents over 5,000 companies within the fire safety and security sectors valued at 67 billion Euros. Euralarm members are national associations and individual companies from across Europe.

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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