Securing Your World

Our executive team

  • Ashley Almanza overview board

    Ashley Almanza, Chief Executive Officer

    Ashley joined G4S as Group CFO in May 2013, and was promoted to Group CEO on 1 June 2013.

    Ashley held a number of senior executive roles at BG Group from 1993 to 2012, including Chief Financial Officer from 2002 to 2011 and Executive Vice President from 2009 to 2012.

    As Executive Vice President he was accountable, during 2009 and 2010, for the strategic and operational management of BG Group’s UK, European and Central Asian businesses which had combined annual profits of around $3 billion. He also led a consortium of global companies through complex government negotiations in Central Asia.

    Ashley is a non-executive director of Schroders plc and Noble Corporation. He holds an MBA from the London Business School and was previously Chairman of the Hundred Group of Finance Directors.

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  • Martin Alvarez overview board

    Martin Alvarez, Regional President, Latin America & Caribbean

    Martin joined G4S as regional president, Latin America and Caribbean for G4S Americas in 2013.

    Martin has extensive experience working in the region and a wealth of experience in strategic commercial and operational roles. Martin joined G4S from Dell, where he served as executive director of multi-country Latin America (MCLA) responsible for 38 countries and more than $1 billion in revenue. Prior to Dell, Martin spent 10 years with DHL holding various management and leadership roles including vice president, DHL Mexico.

    Martin has an MBA from IESE in Barcelona and a Bachelor’s degree in International Trade and Finance from Louisiana State University.

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  • Andy Baker overview

    Andy Baker, Regional President – Africa

    Andy joined G4S as regional president for G4S Africa in 2012.

    He has wide ranging experience of managing and building sustainable businesses across Africa, with a strong emphasis on technology and logistics.

    He joined G4S from Nashua Group, the second largest ICT business in South Africa, where he was Group Chief Executive Officer.

    Prior to this, he spent four years as Group Chief Operating Officer of Altech, a JSE listed technology group with revenues of $1.2bn and operations in 15 countries.

    He holds an MBA from Cranfield University.

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  • Mel Brooks

    Mel Brooks

    Mel Brooks Group Strategy & Commercial Director

    Mel became Group Strategy and Commercial Director in July 2014 responsible for ensuring that the Group has robust strategy and planning processes, a group technology strategy and high quality sales operations and bidding resources across the organisation.

    Mel’s previous role within G4S was Regional Strategy Director for the Asia Middle East region and CEO for G4S India where he lead the transformation of the businesses focusing on key customer segments and improving customer service.

    Prior to joining G4S, Mel held a number of senior line and functional roles in the defence and technology industry where he was responsible for service line and commercial strategies, technology development and leadership of a number of business unit turn-around programmes.

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  • Irene Cowden - Group HR Director

    Irene Cowden, Group HR Director

    Irene has spent her career in HR management, specialising in employee relations, organisational development, talent management, employee engagement, compensation and health and safety matters.

    She has been involved in major change projects including the cultural and integration aspects of mergers and acquisitions, as well as large scale organisational change involving workforce restructuring, working in partnership with major trade unions.

    Irene has worked in the security industry for 36 years and has held director level positions at business unit, divisional and corporate level. She was appointed to the board of Securicor plc in 2002 as group HR director.

    Irene is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD).

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  • John Kenning

    John Kenning, Regional CEO for North America & Technology

    John Kenning joined G4S as CEO for G4S’ North America & Technology Region in 2014, bringing with him a proven track record of leading global organizations. Prior to joining G4S, he was Executive Vice President and President, Commercial business for OfficeMax.

    Prior to OfficeMax, he was President, North America Commercial for ADT/Tyco Security Services and served as Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Global Partners, at Nortel Networks, Inc. John also served as President of the start-up firm, Nanovations Technology, in the photonics industry where he had responsibility for sales, marketing, business development, R&D, manufacturing and distribution.

    He began his career at Comdisco, where he rose through the ranks to serve as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the $3.5 billion company as well as President of Communications Capital.

    John, a board member for Miami University Advisory Athletic Board and past board member of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

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  • Graham Levinsohn - Group strategy & development director

    Graham Levinsohn, Regional CEO - Europe

    Graham became Regional CEO – Europe in November 2013. Graham has more than 20 years’ experience in the security industry, having joined Securicor Cash Services in 1994 as general manager – marketing.

    Since then, Graham has held a number of commercial and line management positions in both the cash and security lines of business. Graham was responsible for the creation of the UK cash centres outsourcing business in 2001 as managing director, before moving on to become divisional managing director for G4S Cash Services UK, and then regional president – Nordics.

    He became group strategy and development director in 2008 and joined the executive committee in 2010.

    Grahame is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a director of COESS.

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  • Soren Lundsberg-Nielsen - Group General Counsel

    Søren Lundsberg-Nielsen, Group General Counsel

    Søren began his career as a lawyer in Denmark and since 1984 he has had a wide range of legal experience as general counsel for international groups in Denmark, Belgium and the US before joining Group 4 Falck in 2001 as Group General Counsel.

    Søren has been involved in a wide range of successful mergers and acquisitions during his career, including the acquisition of Wackenhut and the Group 4 Falck merger with Securicor.

    Søren has overall responsibility for all internal and external legal services for G4S as well as the group’s insurance programme.

    Søren is a member of the Danish Bar and Law Society, a member of the advisory board of the Danish UK Chamber of Commerce and author of the book Executive Management Contracts, published in Denmark.

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  • Peter Neden

    Peter Neden, Regional President - UK & Ireland

    Peter became Regional President of UK & Ireland on an interim basis in May 2014 and before that was Regional Managing Director of G4S Outsourcing Services for the UK & Ireland region.

    Previous roles included responsibility for the business development programme within G4S in the UK and Africa regions, as well as a number of senior positions in both the commercial and government businesses across the G4S Group.

    Prior to the merger between Group 4 Falck and Securicor, Peter was Director for Development for Securicor Group, having joined the plc in 2001. Peter’s early career included a number of sales, marketing and general management roles within Centrica.

    Peter has a degree in Economics from the University of Nottingham.

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  • G4S Management

    Himanshu Raja, Group Chief Financial Officer

    Himanshu joined G4S in October 2013 as Group Chief Financial Officer. In addition to his role as CFO, the following functions also report to him: service excellence centres, risk management, group procurement and group IT.

    He joined the group from Misys where, as CFO, he was responsible for finance, legal and commercial, facilities and procurement.

    Prior to Misys, Himanshu was CFO of Logica plc where he led the sale process that resulted in the company being acquired by CGI of Canada. Himanshu also held senior executive positions at BT Group where he worked for more than 10 years in a number of divisional finance director roles, including Chief Financial Officer of BT Global Services, BT Design, BT Operate and BT Wholesale.

    His early career included finance and systems roles at Worldcom International, UUNET and MFS Limited.

    Himanshu qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen and holds a law degree.

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  • Dan Ryan - Regional CEO - Asia Middle East

    Dan Ryan, Regional CEO - Asia and Middle East

    Dan joined G4S in August 2010, from global logistics and transportation company Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), where he was a member of the group executive team and held a number of senior management positions including regional president roles for Greater China, Middle East and Europe during his 20-year career there.

    In his last position with the group, Dan led the project to review, redesign and transform NOL’s organisation across all its Americas divisions.

    Dan is a charter member of the Middle East Logistics/Supply Chain Management Forum, Hong Kong Liner Shipping Association and the American Chamber of Commerce – Shanghai.

    He holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and a B.S. Finance, from California State University, Sacramento.

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  • Debbie Walker

    Debbie Walker, Group Communications Director

    Debbie is Group Communications Director, heading the corporate communications team which focuses on the group’s key audiences – investors, media, government, employees and customers.

    Debbie is also responsible for the group’s CSR and human rights strategies.

    Prior to the merger between Group 4 Falck and Securicor, Debbie was employed in a number of senior marketing and communications roles within the Securicor group from 1993 to 2004.

    Debbie is also vice chairman of the CBI South East Regional Council (the representative body for all CBI member companies based in the South East of England and the Thames Valley), having previously served as chairman for two years.

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