Sodexo, the world’s largest services company, has announced that Simon Pears has been appointed global security director to enhance the company’s capabilities in providing global professional security services.
Pears joined Sodexo UK and Ireland back in 2007 and was instrumental in establishing and delivering Secure by Sodexo, the company’s security offer. Secure by Sodexo has been extremely successful in providing clients with professional security services, and is now ranked in the top 1% of security providers for quality delivery in the UK.
Ian Mills, group vice-president for Sodexo’s Worldwide Technical Expertise Platform, commented: “Simon has a unique ability to understand, design and implement policy, procedure and process that delivers cost-effective and highly efficient security solutions to our clients. He has worked extensively on delivering industry-leading regulatory compliance within Sodexo and has built a network of key industry contacts both in the UK and beyond.”
Mills added: “In December 2013, Simon was admitted to the Register of Chartered Security Professionals having met the stringent criteria, an achievement which is testament to his commitment and professionalism in the provision of security services. We look forward to Simon helping us develop Sodexo’s worldwide security capabilities.”
In his new role, Pears will be responsible for supporting the Sodexo Group by developing and co-ordinating all aspects of the security business model across all countries. He’ll also be supporting the implementation of regional and country security processes and driving standardisation, consistency and Best Practice across the Sodexo business.
In addition, Pears is to support the marketing offer development and tender preparation for security expertise as well as the security contracts within Sodexo’s international large accounts to drive Best Practice and ensure contractual requirements are being delivered.
Pears is a member of the Security Industry Authority Standards and Strategy Working Group and represents the International Professional Security Association (IPSA) on the Security Regulatory Alliance in preparation for the introduction of business licensing in the UK.
Pears’ memberships encompass IPSA, ASIS, The Security Institute, The Security Institute of Ireland and The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals.