Securitas acquires New York-based aviation security company Global Elite Group

Securitas Transport Aviation Services USA has acquired Global Elite Group, a leading security services provider to the aviation industry in the US. The purchase price is approximately US$22 million contingent upon reaching certain targets.

Global Elite Group is based in Garden City, New York and specialises in providing high-level security services to various airlines, airports and airport-related customers. The company’s current customer base consists of more than 60 commercial airlines as well as numerous general aviation clients.

The growth pattern in the company has been solid over the years with total sales expected to be US$32 million for 2018. The number of employees at the company is approximately 1,050.

Securitas runs a two-fold strategy in the US aviation market, addressing both the Federal Government with passenger and baggage screening for the Transportation Security Administration, as well as security services for the commercial market such as airlines, airports and airport-related customers (eg cargo). The estimated market volume for the latter (ie the commercial market related to 450 airports) is between US$1.3 and 1.8 billion.

The acquisition is consistent with Securitas’ strategy of expanding in the aviation industry. Global Elite Group is considered a premier aviation security service provider in the US. The company will strengthen and complement Securitas’ current aviation offer. The combined network, footprint, licenses and know-how will increase the value Securitas brings to its existing and new customers.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming the team from Global Elite Group into our airport security organisation in the US,” stated Marc Pissens, president of Securitas Aviation and a member of the Securitas Group Management. “Together, we will form a strong team. There are many opportunities for us in this growing market that we are looking forward to exploring.”

William McGuire, president and CEO of Global Elite Group, responded: “We’re excited about this new chapter for our company in joining Securitas and look forward to continued growth and success in the aviation security market.”

The acquisition is consolidated in Securitas as of Thursday 10 January 2019.

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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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