Canadian Security Magazine

Ex-Telus CSO joins AFI board

By Canadian Security   


AFI International Group Inc., a leading North American crisis response and management company has appointed Gene McLean to its board of directors.

McLean will bring 30-plus years of international security
experience to AFI. In this new capacity, he will lend his wealth of
security knowledge and credentials to assist AFI in
delivering customer service to its North
American clients and guide the course of AFI’s future.

"McLean is a true visionary who will add a seasoned perspective to our
board," says AFI CEO Darrell Parsons. "He brings a wealth of
experience, from decades as a celebrated RCMP officer to his leading
role at TELUS and leading roles on a long list of other boards and
committees. We are indeed honoured to welcome him."

"Over the last few years, I’ve watched AFI emerge as a true corporate
security and crisis management leader ”“ not only in Canada, but across
North America," says Gene McLean. "It is a company on the move, led by
an enlightened team of executives that I know I’ll enjoy working with.
For all these reasons, I’m extremely pleased to join their board."

Prior to joining AFI, McLean was the former vice-president and
chief security officer for Telus Communications. There, his mandate was
to protect personnel and physical assets, secure the network, provide
for the protection of critical data and intellectual property, and
ensure regulatory compliance relating to the release of information. In
addition to his VP position, McLean was chair of the Telus Information
Security steering committee (directly involved in the setting of the
company’s national security policy and procedures).


Prior to Telus, McLean was a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
officer. His more than 25 years of service included a number of
domestic and international investigative operations. He also took on
the role of RCMP liaison officer in Europe, Scandinavia and the Middle
East. In 2006 he was honoured and recognized as Canadian Security magazine’s Security Director
of the Year award winner.

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