INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD

Michele Volpi

CHAIRMAN

Michele Volpi

Michele has been the Chief Executive Officer of Præsidiad since 2011. Præsidiad is a world market leader of force protection solutions, integrated perimeter security systems, and industrial mesh production and fencing products.

He was appointed as the Chairman of Hesco Ltd. in 2016 and has served as Board Member and Chairman of the Compensation Committee of Piper Jaffray (NYSE: PJC) since 2010.

Prior to his current role at Præsidiad, Michele was the Chief Executive Officer and President of H.B. Fuller (NYSE: FUL), where he also served as Global Adhesives Business President and Global Strategic Business Unit Manager for the assembly business. During his tenure at General Electric (NYSE: GE), he held various positions, including General Manager of Marketing for the polymershapes business unit and European Marketing Director for the structured products business unit. He also served on the Board of Directors of Saipem Sp.A. (BIT: SPM) from 2011 to 2014.

In his early career Michele worked as a Management Consultant for The Boston Consulting Group, and as General Manager for Habasit Hispanica and Habasit Italiana.

Michele holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Bocconi University and is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.

Paul Skertchly

DIRECTOR

Paul Skertchly

Paul was appointed the Chief Financial Officer of Præsidiad in 2016. As CFO, Paul oversees all financial planning and analysis, accounting and tax functions for the Group.

Before joining Præsidiad Paul was the CFO for Britax Childcare Group (2006-2016). Prior to this he was Group Finance Director for EPR Group, and the Group Commercial & Finance Director for Vehicle Solutions NV. During his time at Hays Paul served concurrently as the Commercial Director for Hays Business Process Outsourcing and as the Controller, Group Financial Services for Hays plc (LON: HAS). He was also Financial Controller for BOC Distribution Services Ltd, a part of the BOC Group.

Paul started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Senior Manager in the Corporate Finance & Recovery department, from where he was seconded to Barclays plc (LON: BARC) in 1994.

He holds a BSc degree in Civil Engineering from King’s College London, and an ACA from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Julian Browne

SENIOR ADVISOR

Julian Browne

Julian is a Senior Advisor for The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG). He is focused on the defence, aerospace and government industries in Europe.

As a Carlyle representative, Julian serves as Deputy Chairman of Exensor Technology Ltd. and as Non-Executive Director of Clarion Defence Ltd. He is also a Senior Advisor to the Boards of Morgan Advanced Materials Plc (LON: MGAM), Exensor AB, DSM Ltd., Hacking Team srl, Blueway Ltd. and Greenmantle Ltd.

Prior to joining Carlyle in 2001, he served on the Boards of Racal Defence Electronics Ltd, Racal-Thompson Networks Ltd and Thales International. During his time with Westland Helicopters Ltd., he led the successful APACHE campaign to win the UK MoD Attack Helicopter programme.

Julian served in the British Army from 1968 to 1993. He was commissioned into the Royal Anglican Regiment and commanded his Regiment on operations in Northern Ireland. He also commanded the 33 Armoured Brigade and was Chief of Staff of the 2nd Division prior to a career in the aerospace and defense industry.

Julian graduated from Trinity College, Dublin University and later attended the United Kingdom Higher Command and Staff College. He was appointed an MBE in 1980 for work in connection with US/UK special operations.

LEADERSHIP

Michael Rodenburg

Michael Rodenburg

Michael has been working in the security industry for more than 22 years.

Under his leadership the Betafence High-Security business has grown exponentially and ultimately evolved into what is now known as Guardiar: a turnkey perimeter security provider with a unique value proposition in a fragmented security landscape.

Michael served as Vice President of High-Security of Betafence, a part of the Præsidiad Group. During his extensive career at Betafence, he served in various positions with increasing responsibility. From 2008-2017 he performed the consecutive roles of Vice President Non-Europe and Vice President IMEA & Projects. Before this he was the VP of Exports for Betafence in Switzerland.

Michael started his career with the founding of a fencing manufacturing business in South Africa, which developed into the South African branch of Betafence.

Chris Vaughn

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Chris Vaughn

Chris began his finance career in the Aerospace & Defense industry, gaining valuable experience in the areas of government contracts and managing complex projects. With over 15 years of experience in the financial management field, he has established himself as a respected finance professional.  Leading the Guardiar finance team as Chief Financial Officer, Chris excels at creating stability in processes and optimizing business environments in which operations can thrive. He is a Certified Management Accountant with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Michael James

MANAGING DIRECTOR IMEA & APAC

Michael James

Michael joined the company in 2006 as an Account Manager in the South African sales department, where he established himself as a key figure in the Southern African market. In this role he was continuously driving growth and delivering results, and was ultimately appointed as Managing Director for the IMEA region. Michael has more than 20 years’ experience in marketing & sales management as well as Business Development. He holds qualifications in Executive Leadership and Sales & Marketing.

Chad Scott

MANAGING DIRECTOR AMERICAS

Chad Scott

Chad is a veteran of the security industry, with more than 18 years’ experience in perimeter protection. He started his career in the Seattle area where he worked for a regional manufacturer and a larger national manufacturer, before starting his own wholesale company. Chad joined Guardiar as Director of Sales in 2010 and currently serves as Managing Director AME.

Timothy Messelis

DIRECTOR SECURITY SOLUTIONS AND R&D

Timothy Messelis

Timothy is recognized as an expert in perimeter security technology and solutions. He has more than 14 years of experience in both hardware and software product development and management, and holds a Master of Science degree in Electronics & ICT. As Director of Security Solutions and R&D, Timothy is responsible for leading Guardiar’s global team of engineers and IT experts to provide innovative custom solutions to customers.

Ockie Swanepoel

PROJECTS DIRECTOR

Ockie Swanepoel

Ockie started his career in the security industry in 2005 as a group consultant for a major security upgrade project for 47 correctional facilities. After the completion of the project, Ockie joined Guardiar in a permanent capacity as Projects Director. In addition to overseeing global project execution, he is also responsible for the Group’s integrated management system. Ockie is passionate about advancing project precision and quality to the smallest detail.  

Michèle James

DIRECTOR CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT

Michèle James

Michele develops the Guardiar Global Brand Strategy and leads the marketing implementation. She heads up Business Intelligence & Research Analysis for the organization. Prior to this, Michele headed up legal advisory services for the Betafence Projects division – this included assessing contractual risks and ensuring compliance with regards to both legal & regulatory obligations for projects from Papua New Guinea, Burundi, Morocco, Peru and Singapore.

Gustav Bothma

DIRECTOR HR

Gustav Bothma

With more than 10 years’ experience in the manufacturing & engineering industries, Gustav is a seasoned Human Resource professional leading the Guardiar HR team. With a passion for working with diverse cultures he focuses on building relationships to connect the group globally and to act as trusted business partner. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, an Honors degree in Human Resource Management and completed his MBA in 2012.

Chi Lam

GENERAL COUNSEL

Chi Lam

Chi has extensive experience providing legal and risk management advice on large international construction and commercial projects in the United States, Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Prior to joining Guardiar he served in various in-house legal positions for a leading Fortune 500 technology and engineering company in Washington DC, as well as for a multinational construction company. Chi is responsible for managing all of Guardiar’s legal matters and is licensed to practice law in various jurisdictions in the United States.

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