Shaun Kennedy has been appointed as the new Country President and Managing Director of Securitas UK and will assume responsibility at some point in early 2019. Kennedy will take over from current Country President, Brian Riis Nielsen, who having successfully led the transformation of Securitas UK, will move on to a new senior management position in Securitas Group.
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 it was acquired by Securitas in 2011. Since 2011, Kennedy has held several senior management positions including interim Country President UK and more recently Director of Specialist Protective Services. He has also been responsible for the successful implementation of Securitas’ Fire & Safety strategy across Europe.
Kennedy will commence the transition to his new role from 1 January 2019, working closely with Riis Nielsen throughout the first half of 2019. During this period Kennedy will continue to oversee his existing areas of responsibilities including Fire & Safety.
“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,” said Kennedy. “The industry is going through an exciting period of transformation, moving from reactive to intelligent, predictive security. By blending people, technology and knowledge, Securitas is at the forefront of this innovative change.”
“I am extremely proud of how we have transformed Securitas UK over the past five years,” said Riis Nielsen. “We can offer real value through our six protective services, and we are leading the industry in our work with the Living Wage Foundation to bring an end to low pay in the sector.
“Under Shaun’s strong leadership and with a continued focus on Vision 2020 and absolute attention on customer and operational excellence, Securitas UK will continue to go from strength to strength, as we continue to establish ourselves as a trusted security advisor, offering intelligent predictive security to our customers.”