Shaun Kennedy takes reins as Country President and managing director for Securitas UK

Brian Riis Nielsen (left) and Shaun Kennedy

Brian Riis Nielsen (left) and Shaun Kennedy

Shaun Kennedy has taken over as Country President and managing director of Securitas UK. Previous Country President Brian Riis Nielsen officially handed over the reins to Kennedy at Securitas UK’s annual Leadership Conference which was held on Thursday 23 May, and now moves on to a new group management position in Securitas AB.

Kennedy is an experienced leader with a proven track record in the security industry. After leaving the British Army in 1997, he joined Chubb Security where he spent 15 years until the business was acquired by Securitas in 2011.

Since that time, Kennedy has held several senior management positions including chief operating officer for the UK and, more recently, director of specialist protective services. Kennedy has also been responsible for the successful implementation of Securitas’ Fire & Safety strategy across Europe.

Commenting on his new role, Kennedy told Risk Xtra: “Having spent over 20 years working in the security industry, I feel privileged to be taking over responsibility of the UK business at such an exciting time. Securitas UK will continue to go from strength to strength, offering better safety and security to our clients through a combination of outstanding security officers and a more innovation and data-driven approach.”

He continued: “We offer real value through our six protective services and are leading the industry in our work with the Living Wage Foundation to bring an end to low pay in the security sector.”

In conclusion, Kennedy observed: “Earlier this year, we were certified as a Top UK Employer and achieved Business Superbrand status for the second year running. By blending people, knowledge and technology, the Securitas brand continues to excel and lead the industry by delivering a broad spectrum of intelligent, predictive security services.”

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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