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Vanderbilt builds on security market success with duo of senior management appointments

Vanderbilt International, the state-of-the-art security systems developer, has strengthened its senior management team with two key appointments. Peter Mueller has joined the company as its new Chief Information Officer (CIO) and executive committee member, while Rickard Hammarberg will take on the role of sales hub head for Sweden.

Mueller’s impressive career spans over 30 years in business, where he was a management consultant for international blue chip companies including Deloitte, Arthur D Little and IBM. A graduate of the University of Münster, for the last seven years he has served as Professor in MBA Programs at the Ho Chi Minh University of Technology and Adjunct Professor at Beijing Normal University as well as being a visiting Professor at universities throughout India.

Mueller will now facilitate a strong alignment with Vanderbilt’s Information Technology, business and management functions.

Commenting on his new role, Mueller told Risk UK: “As CIO, I’m looking forward to identifying areas where we can use technology to make our overall operation more efficient and cost-effective and improve the service we offer to our ever-growing customer base. This will ensure that we maximise our competitive potential in what is a highly competitive market, while at the same time delivering value and adapting to changing working practices such as remote working.”

Peter Mueller

Peter Mueller

For his part, Rickard Hammarberg brings a wealth of experience to Vanderbilt gained over 20 years of working in the security industry, during which time he has amassed considerable knowledge about the technology and trends within the CCTV and access control sectors.

His previous positions include a variety of national and international roles, among them a two-year stint in the UK as team leader at Bewator. Hammarberg’s most recent position was regional sales manager for the Nordics at Lenel Systems International. He has also worked for BIAB Larm and YIT Sweden.

Hammarberg is now tasked with increasing the company’s profile in Sweden and the wider Nordic region, as well as setting the strategic business plan and sales strategy to build the brand and develop long-term relationships with its customers.

He commented: “I’m convinced that Vanderbilt’s ranges of access control, intrusion alarm and video surveillance products offer unrivalled levels of performance, flexibility and user-friendliness. This all makes them perfect for the Swedish market, and I’m now looking forward to playing my part in the company’s growth strategy and taking myself and my team to new levels of success.”

Welcoming Mueller and Hammarberg on board, Joseph Grillo (Vanderbilt’s managing director) stated: “Since acquiring Security Products from Siemens in April 2015, Vanderbilt has reinforced its position as a global leader in state-of-the-art security systems. Having Peter and Rickard on our senior management team will really help us in our mission to expand our presence in the security business sector and provide a level of service that’s agile, flexible and always meets our customers’ needs.”

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Vanderbilt Industries agrees to acquire Siemens’ Security Products business

State-of-the-art security systems provider Vanderbilt Industries announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Siemens’ Security Products business, which is part of the Siemens Building Technologies Division.

Under the terms of the deal, the combined offer would be renamed Vanderbilt International. Joseph Grillo would become the company’s managing director working out of new operational headquarters in Germany.

Grillo is a 30-year veteran of the electronic security and identification industries with a track record of successfully growing, restructuring and acquiring businesses. He began his career in the 1980s working at security and fire alarm manufacturing and systems integration companies including Kidde Automated Systems, NCS and Security Specialists.

In 1993, Grillo was appointed national sales manager for the HID Corporation and participated in the management buy-out of HID from Hughes Aircraft/General Motors in 1995. From 1995 to 2001, Grillo served as executive vice-president of sales and marketing and also COO, eventually becoming president as HID grew from a $15 million card and reader company to the dominant $100 million industry leader that it is today.

This latest acquisition would significantly boost Vanderbilt’s market position in the European security systems sector by dint of a wider and more comprehensive range of products and solutions being realised. Siemens’ Security Products business complements the existing Vanderbilt business portfolio as a leading supplier boasting widely recognised brands and long-term relationships with pre-eminent customers.

Joseph Grillo

Joseph Grillo

Broadening the business’ competitive position

Joseph Grillo has stated that this transaction will considerably expand Vanderbilt’s presence in the security sector by broadening the company’s competitive position in what is a highly fragmented market with great growth potential.

“The acquisition of Siemens’ Security Products business, which fits perfectly with our own corporate strategy, matches Vanderbilt’s solid foundation and strong legacy built from nearly three decades of operation in the security world,” explained Grillo.

“Vanderbilt saw an opportunity to expand its product offering and geographic market coverage. The addition of Siemens’ Security Products represents significant value potential given its established installed base of customers and loyal resellers. The market trend is for integrated security management systems and more open solutions from trusted suppliers. Security Products clearly provides a vehicle for offering these solutions to a broader customer base.”

Access control, intruder alarm and video surveillance solutions

Siemens’ Security Products business covers solutions in the access control, intruder alarm and video surveillance categories, in turn complementing Vanderbilt Industries’ fully-integrated product offerings.

The acquisition encompasses such well-known and established brands as Bewator and Cotag in the access control sector and Alarmcom and Europlex in the intruder alarm space.

Financial details of the transaction have not been released. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. The closing of the transaction is expected to occur by the end of the first quarter of 2015.

Vanderbilt Industries has agreed to acquire Siemens’ Security Products business

Vanderbilt Industries has agreed to acquire Siemens’ Security Products business

A subsidiary of ACRE LLC (which acquired the company from Ingersoll Rand in 2012), Vanderbilt Industries offers an innovative approach to access control technology – from design and manufacturing through to distribution. The company’s mission is to make environments safe, secure and easy to maintain.

Vanderbilt’s products range from single-user systems so simple that they can be installed in one day through to highly customised applications fitting the bespoke requirements of leading multinational corporations.

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