Allegion has announced the appointment of Stefan Kobewka as Area Sales Manager for its CISA Hotel Locking Solutions brand, in a move which highlights the growing importance of the hospitality sector to the company, formerly known as Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies. With more than 20 years of sales and business development experience, Stefan will be covering the south of England and Wales. With a product portfolio including the CISA eSIGNO range which includes a contactless lock, outdoor electronic cylinder and hospitality safe, Stefan’s remit is to work with independent hotels, small and large hotel groups, and hotel management companies to provide a security technology solution that fits their specific requirements. According to Paul Taylor, UK Sales Leader for CISA Hotel Locking Systems at Allegion, Stefan’s appointment comes at a key time for the hospitality industry:” Hotel security has evolved over time from mechanical lock and key systems to electronic access control systems, and as access technology continues to become more sophisticated, it is incredibly important to build a team of highly experienced sales professionals who have an invaluable knowledge of security systems and can communicate this clearly to clients.”
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.