Allied Universal, a global security and facility services company has announced the appointment of Darren Pedersen as President, Allied Universal Canada with the expansion of security services in Canada under the Allied Universal brand. Allied Universal acquired G4S Secure Solutions Ltd last year.
Darren Pedersen joined G4S Cash Solutions in 1997 starting as Operations Supervisor and worked his way up to General Manager for Mississauga/Greater Toronto Area (GTA). On the sale of the cash business in February 2014, Pedersen remained with the guarding business and was appointed to Director Commercial Operations, GTA and Durham Region. In March 2015, he was promoted to Regional Vice President, GTA. In December 2016, he took up the position of Regional Vice President Central, Eastern and Operations Support and in 2017 was promoted to Senior Vice President, Guarding.
“Darren’s 25-plus years of experience, proven leadership skills and innate strategic capabilities give him a solid foundation for success in his new role,” said Steve Jones, Global Chairman and CEO, Allied Universal. “Darren excels at building high-functioning teams, providing excellent customer service and ensuring continuous improvement. We look forward to significant growth in Canada under Darren’s leadership.”
The vast services of Allied Universal Canada include guarding, Allied Universal Technology Services, Mobile Patrol, Concierge Services, Executive Protection, Elite Protection Professional (EPP) and Security Clearances. Allied Universal Canada provides security services across all Canadian provinces and key national markets including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal and specialises in multiple vertical markets including data centres, construction, commercial real estate, financial services, distribution, logistics and high technology.
“Unlike other security organisations in Canada, Allied Universal is able to provide clients with a global resource while ensuring that we remain laser-focused on fostering strong local relationships and service offerings from guarding to technology services and executive protection,” said Pedersen.
“With experience and deep industry expertise across a wide array of industries, Allied Universal Canada is leveraging the right combination of trained security personnel, data and cutting-edge technology and deploying smarter, more effective security programs for our clients.
“Allied Universal blends seasoned experience and depth with a commitment to continuous improvement and innovation that drives industry-leading security solutions forward,” adds Pedersen. “Canada is a vital security market in North America and we are implementing best-in-class tools, technologies and practices to elevate safety initiatives for our clients.”