International Advisory Board

Julian Browne MBE

Senior Advisor

Julian Browne MBE

Julian is a Senior Advisor for The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG). He is focused on the defence, aerospace and government industries in Europe.

As a Carlyle representative, Julian serves as Deputy Chairman of Exensor Technology Ltd. and as Non-Executive Director of Clarion Defence Ltd. He is also a Senior Advisor to the Boards of Morgan Advanced Materials Plc (LON: MGAM), Exensor AB, DSM Ltd., Hacking Team srl, Blueway Ltd. and Greenmantle Ltd.

Prior to joining Carlyle in 2001, he served on the Boards of Racal Defence Electronics Ltd, Racal-Thompson Networks Ltd and Thales International. During his time with Westland Helicopters Ltd., he led the successful APACHE campaign to win the UK MoD Attack Helicopter programme.

Julian served in the British Army from 1968 to 1993. He was commissioned into the Royal Anglican Regiment and commanded his Regiment on operations in Northern Ireland. He also commanded the 33 Armoured Brigade and was Chief of Staff of the 2nd Division prior to a career in the aerospace and defense industry.

Julian graduated from Trinity College, Dublin University and later attended the United Kingdom Higher Command and Staff College. He was appointed an MBE in 1980 for work in connection with US/UK special operations.

General The Lord Houghton of Richmond GCB CBE DL

Senior Advisor

General The Lord Houghton of Richmond GCB CBE DL

General Nick Houghton is a former United Kingdom Chief of Defence Staff - the professional Head of the UK’s Armed Forces. He stood down in July 2016 and is now the Constable of The Tower of London and a Cross-Bench Peer in the House of Lords.

Nick Houghton joined the Army in 1973. He was commissioned from Sandhurst into the Green Howards, a Yorkshire Infantry Regiment. In his early twenties, he undertook an in-service degree in Modern History at St Peter’s College, Oxford. In a 43-year military career, he served seven times in Northern Ireland earning operational awards as both a Commanding Officer and a Brigade Commander in Belfast. He was the Deputy Commander of the Multi-National Force Iraq in 2005-6 for which he was awarded the US Legion of Merit. He was the Chief of Joint Operations from April 2006 to May 2009, in charge of all overseas operations of UK Forces, including the final extraction from Iraq. He was both Vice Chief then Chief of Defence Staff over the period 2009-2016 during the time of two Strategic Defence Reviews and the end of combat operations in Afghanistan. He was the Colonel Commandant of the Intelligence Corps and the founding Colonel of the Yorkshire Regiment.

On leaving the Army Nick Houghton established his own consultancy company specialising in strategic advice to multinational corporates. He also advises a number of technology start-ups. More widely he is a Trustee of the Royal United Services Institute, Historic Royal Palaces, Royal Armouries and The HM Tower of London Chapels Royal Foundation. He is an Honorary Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford.

Leadership

Dino Koutrouki

Chief Executive Officer

Dino Koutrouki

Dino joined Præsidiad as CEO in May 2019, bringing with him more than 20 years’ experience in the telecommunications, industrial technology and security sectors. He most recently served as President of Global Fire Systems for Honeywell, a world leader in commercial fire safety solutions. Prior to this he headed their Security and Fire Systems division for the EMEA region, and held the position of Vice President and General Manager for the Honeywell Scanning and Mobility APAC organisation.

Before his time at Honeywell, he was the CEO of Satamatics, a software solutions provider for the remote asset management and fleet management industry, and the CFO of Marconi Communications GmbH.

Chad Scott

Managing Director Americas

Chad Scott

Chad is a veteran of the security industry, with more than 18 years’ experience in perimeter protection. He started his career in the Seattle area where he worked for a regional manufacturer and a larger national manufacturer, before starting his own wholesale company. Chad joined Guardiar as Director of Sales in 2010 and currently serves as Managing Director AME.

Wayne Schneeberger

General Manager: Southern Africa

Wayne Schneeberger

Wayne’s strong technical background in the security industry is built on 16 years of experience in the financial services, retail, logistics, and utility sectors. In various international management roles, Wayne has proven to deliver results by aligning his teams to strategic requirements of customers and focussing on collaboration.

James Langford

General Manager: Middle East

James Langford

Prior to joining Guardiar James was the Senior Vice President for Olive Group, where he ran the company’s Global Risk Management and Crisis Response business.  For eleven years James worked for Schlumberger Oilfield Services as a Regional Head of Security, with extensive experience in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.  He was a Commissioned Officer in the British military and currently resides in Dubai.

Timothy Messelis

Chief Technology Officer

Timothy Messelis

Timothy is recognized as an expert in perimeter security technology and solutions. He has more than 14 years of experience in both hardware and software product development and management and holds a Master of Science degree in Electronics & ICT. As Chief Technology Offices, Timothy is responsible for leading Guardiar’s global team of engineers and IT experts to provide innovative custom solutions to customers.

Global Team

Alex Atala

Team Lead: Mechanical Engineering, USA

Alex Atala

Alex is the team leader of Guardiar’s Mechanical Engineering division based in the USA. He is a Mechanical Design Engineer with more than 25 years of experience in product development and manufacturing. His career spans multiple sectors including defense, firearms, and medical industries. Alex holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Amanda Venter

Regulatory and Compliance Manager

Amanda Venter

Amanda has over 25 years’ experience in the development, implementation, and evaluation of quality, health and safety improvement tools and training programs. She is highly experienced in construction environments and has a proven track record of assisting organizations to transform and streamline existing systems and processes in order to continuously improve outcomes.

Andrew Gartman

Program Finance Director

Andrew Gartman

Andrew brings over 12 years’ experience to the Guardiar Finance team.  Prior to this, he was the High-Security Finance Program Manager at Betafence Group. In his early career, Andrew worked in the aerospace and defense sectors, gaining valuable experience in managing projects, corporate financial planning, and IT systems development.  Andrew holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Financial Economics and a Master’s Degree in Investor Relations.

Dacian Zainea

Team Lead: Controls Engineering, USA

Dacian Zainea

Dacian has more than 7 years’ experience in industrial and OEM automation and controls systems. In his current role, he is responsible for leading the electrical and controls team for Guardiar’s high security active vehicular line of equipment, based in the USA. Previously he was a Controls Engineer at Betafence. Dacian has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.

Emad Baghdadi

Regional Sales Manager: IMEA

Emad Baghdadi

Emad is the Regional Sales Manager for the Middle East, based in Dubai. He joined Guardiar in 2017 and has over 5 years’ experience in providing high-security solutions to various sectors including oil and gas, airports, borders, and various governmental entities. Emad has an MBA in the Science of Security Studies.

Fred Reich

Manager of Information Technology

Fred Reich

Fred has over 20 years’ experience in information technology, including networks, server infrastructure, software, and telecommunications. He holds a Master’s of Business degree in Technology Management.  Fred joined Guardiar in 2018.

Gabrielle Brown

Operations Manager: IMEA

Gabrielle Brown

Gabrielle is the IMEA regional High-Security Project Operations Manager based in South Africa. She has over 20 years’ experience as a product and estimation specialist for high-security perimeter protection projects. She is responsible for leading the Bid Management team in the IMEA region. Previously she was a Logistics Manager at Betafence, where she was responsible for managing the systems, processes, and structures within the Betafence supply chain.

Gareth Dewey

Director of Business Development: Technology

Gareth Dewey

Gareth is a business development specialist with a wealth of experience in the perimeter security industry. He joined Guardiar in 2015 and is responsible for the total perimeter turnkey solutions. Gareth holds qualifications in sales and marketing as well as business management through various tertiary institutes, he was one of the first registered and certified sales professionals through the United Professional Selling Association (UPSA).

Gene Wegener

Operations Executive

Gene Wegener

Gene has 40 years’ experience in manufacturing and production management. He started his career in the mining industry before moving onto works, quality and process management roles in the manufacturing industry.  His role also includes overseeing operations and supply chain for the IMEA region, as well as engineering, quality, health, and safety. Gene holds a Mechanical Engineering qualification

Glenn Schluter

Director of Business Development: Perimeter Protection

Glenn Schluter

Glenn is a professional security consultant with over 27 years’ experience. He specializes in perimeter security solutions and has a special interest in lifestyle estates and sports facility security.  He has considerable experience in infrastructure development across multiple sectors including education and health. He has also been involved in projects in the national intelligence space and conservation.

Henri Trollip

Senior Project Manager

Henri Trollip

Henri joined the company in 2009. He is an expert in perimeter security project management and engineering consulting and has since managed various security projects across the globe in remote and complex territories. Projects range from installing perimeter fencing and crash-rated barriers to integrating detection and surveillance technology. Henri holds a degree in Civil Engineering as well as an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Koen Vandecasteele

Team Lead, R&D: Belgium

Koen Vandecasteele

Koen is the R&D team leader based in Belgium. He joined Betafence (now Guardiar) in 2006 as a project engineer for the European market; in 2008 his role was expanded to include the export market. Koen has a solid track record of designing and installing high-security fences.

Philippe Antossevitch

Commercial Director: IMEA

Philippe Antossevitch

Philippe is an experienced sales and projects director. After graduating with a Master’s degree in Global Marketing from the United Kingdom, he held several key sales positions in various industrial sectors. He has deep experience in managing complex perimeter security projects; and has an in-depth understanding of the key constraints of high-risk sectors and projects including defense, critical infrastructure protection, transport infrastructure, energy, and utilities.

Paul Morales

Team Lead Security Engineering: USA

Paul Morales

Paul has over 10 years’ experience in the electronic security industry. He has an extensive track record of global rollouts and design in IP-based unified security solutions. He also holds advanced technical certifications with most leading manufacturers and vendors in the physical/electronic security space. Prior to joining Guardiar in 2017, he worked in various engineering roles for Northeast-based technology integration firms before relocating to South Florida.

Rachelle Smith

Regional Financial Manager

Rachelle Smith

Rachelle is a chartered accountant and is responsible for leading Guardiar South Africa’s finance team. Before joining Guardiar in 2018, she worked in the mobile payments and manufacturing industries. Rachelle is committed to creating a control environment that is both efficient and effective.

Shaun Turner

Business Development Manager: Africa

Shaun Turner

Shaun is an ex-military security specialist; he spent 20 years in the armed forces before specializing in security solutions in the private sector. For the past 15 years, he has been involved in a variety of high-security projects in the defense and maritime sectors in the Middle East and Africa. Shaun holds the equivalent of a BSc Nautical Sciences and has project management qualifications.

Stefanos Synodinos

Electromechanical Engineer

Stefanos Synodinos

Stefanos has 10 years’ experience and has held various technical and management positions in this time. He is based in Belgium and works in Guardiar’s R&D division, where he specializes in hostile vehicle mitigation products and customized crash rated products. Stefanos holds a Bachelor’s degree in Automation Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Energy.

Chris Vaughn

Chief Financial Officer

Chris Vaughn

Chris began his finance career in the Aerospace & Defense industry, gaining valuable experience in the areas of government contracts and managing complex projects. With over 15 years of experience in the financial management field, he has established himself as a respected finance professional.  Leading the Guardiar finance team as Chief Financial Officer, Chris excels at creating stability in processes and optimizing business environments in which operations can thrive. He is a Certified Management Accountant with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Chi Lam

General Counsel

Chi Lam

Chi has extensive experience providing legal and risk management advice on large international construction and commercial projects in the United States, Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Prior to joining Guardiar he served in various in-house legal positions for a leading Fortune 500 technology and engineering company, as well as for a multinational construction company. Chi is responsible for managing all of Guardiar’s legal matters and is licensed to practice law in various jurisdictions in the United States.

Gustav Bothma

Director HR

Gustav Bothma

With more than 10 years’ experience in the manufacturing & engineering industries, Gustav is a seasoned Human Resource professional leading the Guardiar HR team. With a passion for working with diverse cultures he focuses on building relationships to connect the group globally and to act as trusted business partner. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, an Honors degree in Human Resource Management and completed his MBA in 2012.

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