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Tribute to Jørgen Philip-Sørensen CBE

It was with great sadness that we learned that Jørgen Philip-Sørensen passed away in Switzerland on the 18th January 2010, after succumbing to a long battle with illness
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Philip was undoubtedly the architect of the security industry as we know it today and was instrumental in creating G4S - an organisation which has become one of the world’s leading companies and largest private employers – touching the lives of millions of people along the way and ultimately chairing an organisation which employs 590,000 people.

He was a founder and senior member of UK and international industry associations and a driving force behind industry development and regulation.

He was also a remarkable businessman and an inspirational leader who, even when his health was suffering, played a significant role in the global security industry and always took time out of a very hectic schedule to chat to his colleagues and employees around the world.

His philosophy that the front-line employees are the most important part of the organisation and the key to service delivery and business success, are at the heart of our business strategy today.

He will be sadly missed and our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.

Alf Duch-Pedersen
G4S plc

Nick Buckles
G4S plc


Please click to view the JPS Memorial Website

Notes to Editors:

The Sørensen family’s involvement in the security industry can be traced back to 1901 when Marius Hogrefe started the guarding company Kjøbenhavn Frederiksberg Nattevagt.

Jørgen Philip-Sørensen was Chairman and Chief Executive of Group 4 Securitas (International) BV between 1964 and 2000, and was then chairman of the board of Group 4 Falck A/S from 2000 until the merger with Securicor in 2004.

Philip chaired the board of Group 4 Securicor (now G4S) until his retirement in June 2006, when he became President Emeritus. Philip died at the age of 71 in Switzerland on 18 January 2010.

He held a number of directorships for commercial and charitable entities, including Ecover International BV, Skagen Food A/S, Danish Yacht A/S, Skagen Harbor, Dormy House Hotel, Sorven Holdings Limited, Cotswold Conference Centre Limited and the Foundation for Liver Research.