Securitas Germany arranges CEO succession

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

With effect from 1st of April 2019, the Supervisory Board of the Securitas Holding GmbH has appointed Herwarth Brune as the new Chairman of the Management Board of the German country organization of the Securitas Group. Brune thus succeeds Manfred Buhl, who is handing over the management of Securitas Germany after 16 successful years and who will remain with the company as a consultant.

On 1st April 2019, Herwarth Brune will become the new CEO of the Securitas Holding GmbH, Düsseldorf. The 52-year old manager will thus head Securitas Germany, the largest country organization of the Swedish Securitas Group in Europe. In Germany, the Securitas Group has an annual turnover of around 900 million euros and around 21,500 employees. Brune comes from ManpowerGroup Germany, where he has headed the management board since 2013. Previously, he was General Manager Operations at ISS Facility Services, a subsidiary of the Copenhagen-based ISS A/S, the world's largest provider of facility services. The Leverkusen-born Brune has held executive positions since 2002, experiencing first leadership roles with General Electric and JohnsonDiversey. He studied business administration in Siegen. He is married and has two children. "I am very much looking forward to my new tasks at Securitas Germany. My goals include further advancing the sale of technically supported security solutions and continuing the success story of the past years," said Brune.

"We are pleased to have gained Mr. Brune, a manager with particular experience in services and sales, who will be entrusted with the further transformation of the German industry leader," said Dr. Carl A. Schade, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Securitas Holding GmbH after the Supervisory Board meeting in Düsseldorf on Wednesday. "Herwarth Brune will continue our Vision 2020 and steer our German country organization in the next development phase," said Magnus Ahlqvist, CEO of Securitas AB, Stockholm, with regard to Brune's appointment. "Together we want to invest in our protective security services and drive our predictive, intelligent security solutions. An excellent basis for the continued implementation of our strategy was provided by CEO Manfred Buhl, who will now pass the baton at the age of 67 at the end of March 2019. He has developed Securitas into the market leader, worked closely with our customers in Germany and more than doubled the company's turnover in ten years. He has rendered outstanding services in transforming the company from a provider of man-hours to a provider of solutions and has almost quadrupled the sales of solutions in five years. We would like to thank Manfred very much for his many years of trusting and extremely successful cooperation. And we are very happy that he will continue to support Securitas as a consultant," added Ahlqvist.

Manfred Buhl was born in Forst/Brandenburg in 1952. Since 1991 he has held several executive positions in the security industry: first of all as Managing Director in Potsdam. In the year 2000, Buhl joined the management of Securitas Deutschland and, in 2002, he became Chairman of the Management Board. From 2004 to 2017, Buhl was Vice President of the Federal Association of the Security Industry (BDSW, Bundesverband der Sicherheitswirtschaft) and until today he is Vice President of the Federal Association of Air Safety Companies (BDLS, Bundesverband der Luftsicherheitsunternehmen), which was founded in 2017.

Securitas Deutschland is part of the Swedish Securitas Group. Securitas AB is listed on the Stock Exchange and headquartered in Stockholm. The Group has subsidiaries in 57 regions around the world, generated sales of more than 9 billion euros in the business year 2017, and currently employs around 345,000 people. The Securitas Holding GmbH, Düsseldorf, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Securitas AB, Stockholm.

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