GardaWorld COO promoted to president
Marc-André Aubé was recently named president of GardaWorld’s protective services and aviation services — a title change that reflects significant growth in the division, he says.
Aubé adds the title of president to his existing title of chief operating officer. Other divisions within the company — such as cash services and international protective services — are already served by a joint president and COO.
“Our national footprint has increased tremendously over the last two or three years, bringing my division to the same level as my colleagues,” explains Aubé. “We’ve expanded the size of our division to a point where there is more functionality, more IT requirements, more HR requirements. I was promoted from within because of the size of the organization that I am running.”
According to Aubé, his division has grown through almost equal parts acquisition and organic growth, allowing the company to expand beyond its Quebec base into more of a national presence. GardaWorld purchased the guarding operations of Total Security Management (TSM), a Toronto-based company employing 1,200 people across Canada, in November 2013. Garda’s purchase of Intercon Security from Tyco Integrated Security was also announced in 2013.
“Definitely we’re committed to the Canadian market,” says Aubé. “The industry’s maturity now allows it to expand further, especially with government-related services.”
Aubé cited the example of GardaWorld’s contract with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to supply screening services to Ontario airports.
Aubé will continue to run operations from Montreal, but he says his expanded role will necessitate more travel across the country.