Gallagher announces that Kahl Betham has been appointed Chief Executive Officer for the Gallagher Group, a pioneer in the design and manufacture of security, animal management, and fuel systems solutions. After almost six transformative decades with the company, Sir William Gallagher will shift to the role of President of Gallagher Holdings Limited, with an ambassadorial focus. In November 2018, the company announced a succession planning process was underway when Sir William outlined his intention to begin an orderly leadership transition, enabling him to eventually move away from his day-to-day responsibilities. Fuel systems industries To prepare for this shift, then Deputy CEO & Executive Director Steve Tucker moved to Executive Chair of the Board, and then Global General Manager for Security, Kahl Betham, stepped up to Steve’s executive management and Board position. In his newly expanded role, Kahl will bring over two decades of Gallagher experience to lead the company’s efforts, which span the animal management, security, and fuel systems industries. He will continue to oversee the Operations, Research & Development, Information Services, People & Brand, Finance, Risk & Responsibility and Legal functions. “Throughout their careers, Sir William and Kahl have given the Gallagher brand so much,” said Steve Tucker, Gallagher’s Executive Chair. Continued strong governance It is the opportunity of a lifetime to lead the number one privately-owned tech exporter" “Over the past few years, the Board has looked at how it builds continued strong governance, and Kahl’s leadership is a great fit for the company to ensure the legacy Sir William has built over so long as leader, continues for many years to come.” Kahl joined the company in 1997 and has held a number of roles, spanning engineering, business analysis, market research, product development as well as senior leadership roles. “It is the opportunity of a lifetime to lead the number one privately-owned tech exporter in New Zealand,” said Kahl. “I am looking forward to continuing this journey, and to further building on everything we stand for across our people, customers, and business partners.” Extremely rewarding career Gallagher operates from 10 key office locations around the world and has over 1,000 employees who are dedicated to delivering solutions that add real value for customers. “When my father, Bill Gallagher Senior, started the company in 1938, never did I imagine that it would grow to quite the size and scale it has,” said Sir William. “I’m immensely proud to look back on what has been an extremely rewarding career thanks to so many people, both in New Zealand and right around the world. It’s now time for me to start moving away from the more day-to-day operations of the company, but I’m very much looking forward to remaining an active part of Gallagher in my new ambassadorial role and being able to travel again when borders reopen.” The changes are effective immediately.
The growing cyber threat is the target for the new man at the helm of Gallagher Security (Europe), whose vision is to equip companies and authorities to combat it. Richard Huison has stepped up to General Manager for UK & Europe, a year after joining Gallagher from Vanderbilt Industries access control brand ACT. He believes Gallagher is perfectly placed to counter the cyber threat as a long term CPNI-approved supplier to the Home Office and critical national infrastructure clients such as the National Grid. Securing the Grid from cyber threat Given the cost to businesses and nation states of falling prey, we have to be sure that security is increasingly baked in to everything we put on our networks"Huison says: “The cost of a power outage on the Grid is £1m per minute so they have to be absolutely sure of their cyber resilience and that everything they plug on to their network is secure. That’s a real challenge in an era where kettles and other household appliances are becoming increasingly wifi-connected, so a hacker switching them all on at the same time could bring down the Grid.” He cites the recent decision to limit Chinese giant Huawei’s involvement in 5G in the UK as evidence of how seriously Government takes the threat and wonders if mass network failures at mobile providers Vodafone and O2 Telefonica have a more sinister cause. “Given the cost to businesses and nation states of falling prey, we have to be sure that security is increasingly baked in to everything we put on our networks,” he says. Filling the shoes of Dave Bentley Huison fills the shoes of career-long Gallagher stalwart Dave Bentley, who has left after 24 years for an entirely new challenge – to run a holiday camp in France. Bentley was the first on site in the UK at customers like Severn Trent Water, EDF, United Utilities and National Grid, which has evolved to be Gallagher’s largest UK client and its biggest worldwide for perimeter, covering a total of 700 sites via different channel partners via the Gallagher Command Centre in two Alarm Receiving Centres. One of Huison's last projects in this role was the development of the Rapier 2000 fire command system where optical cryptos initiated the launch Gallagher employs 1,100 people across a global network in ten countries. Research and development alone makes up 135 of the workforce, 75 of whom are software developers. Global security boss Kahl Betham says: “Richard is a strong natural authentic leader with great drive and ambition for the future. We are delighted to have Richard taking on this GM role.” Security expert for the government Huison spent 14 years at Dublin-based ACT, expanding the brand, increasing their market presence and boosting growth by 25% in the UK. That followed three years with French security manufacturer CDVi. His career in the security industry started with a government contractor making voice and data cryptos and scramblers for the military and government departments. The technology was also adopted by banks and utilities to make secure financial transactions over a non-secure infrastructure. One of his last projects in this role was the development of the Rapier 2000 fire command system where optical cryptos initiated the launch. Out of work, Huison is a qualified commercial diver and a CAA-approved drone operator, both linked to the security and infrastructure industries.
Gallagher now incorporates LifeSafety Power enclosure as part of its access control product suite LifeSafety Power® and Gallagher have announced a partnership to integrate Underwriters Laboratories (UL)-listed powered cabinets into Gallagher’s leading access control solution. Gallagher - a global provider of integrated access control, intruder alarms management and perimeter protection, now incorporates a LifeSafety Power enclosure as part of the company’s access control product suite. “Offering our systems integrators a UL-listed enclosure provides them the opportunity to specify even more jobs because of the additional compliance factor,” says Kahl Betham, Gallagher’s Global General Manager - Security. “It opens the door to projects they may not previously have been able to bid for.” Gallagher’s LSP Powered Cabinets come pre-configured with power supply and access control distribution modules for a complete, turnkey product specification. The optional back plates and brackets included in the LSP enclosure are designed specifically for Gallagher equipment. Capable of providing two power outputs, user-selectable for 12 or 24VDC, the units include two models: LSP E2 Cabinet, 6A PSU-C305720 and LSP E4 Cabinet, 12A PSU-C305721. Both cabinets are available exclusively to Gallagher’s North and South American customers, and meet ULC Standards for Canada as well. “Partnering with global access control leader Gallagher brings a significant value-add to our solution,” says Larry Ye, President and Chief Executive Officer of LifeSafety Power Inc. “The UL listing achieved with this turnkey solution will help systems integrators win more jobs. With the addition of LifeSafety Power network modules, systems integrators are now able to offer the advantage of intelligent remote monitoring to users.”
Gallagher will demonstrate T20 Terminal with Alarms, Controller 6000 starter kits, and Command Centre v7.30 As Security Exhibition and Conference returns to Melbourne to celebrate its 30th birthday, long-time exhibitor and R&D heavy-weight, Gallagher are gearing up to display their latest security technology releases. Visitors to the Gallagher stand, located at G2, can expect to see demonstrations of the T20 Terminal with Alarms, Controller 6000 Starter Kits, and Command Centre v7.30, Gallagher's next generation in security management software. The T20 Terminal with Alarms is fresh off the ISC West awards podium after winning gold in the access control devices/peripherals division and is set to be a crowd favourite amongst visitors to the stand. This year's three day event will take place over the 15th, 16th and 17th of July and will be hosted at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre which is located on the banks of the Yarra River, South Wharf. This year's occasion marks the 30th Birthday of the event and organisers have promised it will be one to remember with highlights to include; a commemorative corner, seminar series, new product showcase, gala dinner and cocktail evening. Global General Manager, Kahl Betham says, "Gallagher are proud to be attending this year's Security Exhibition and Conference. Past years have been very successful for us and with our sustained growth in the Australian market we see this trend continuing at the 2015 event." Gallagher access control products on show: The award winning and durable T20 Card + PIN Terminal extends operator control right to the door. The T20 simplifies safety for operators by enabling visual access to multiple alarms zones and states via a detailed mimic panel. It also allows easy alarm management with IT grade encryption levels for a single zone, multiple areas, or total site control. Controller 6000 Starter Kits enable a faster and more cost effective way to get a small site up and running with integrated access and alarms management. Command Centre v7.30 introducing a mobile client that significantly extends visibility and control of access and perimeter alarms. Using an Apple iPhone running iOS8, users can monitor and acknowledge alarms; and check and override door and zone status remotely. Command Centre v7.30 also introduces enhanced graphical reporting to help users create meaningful data and easily identify security and business trends.
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