G4S Risk Management appoints new kidnap for ransom expert

G4S Risk Management, a leading provider of risk mitigation and secure support services, has appointed Simon Baker as its new Director, Crisis Management, with a focus on further development of G4S’s kidnap for ransom, extortion and crisis management planning and response practice. Simon joins G4S from Control Risks where he had worked since 1994, latterly as Director, Confidential Response Services and member of its Executive Committee.  In this role Simon was responsible to the Board for the running of the response department, managing a team of 20 which dealt with issues such as kidnap, extortion and international problem solving for governments commercial customers and high net worth families around the world.  Simon’s previous roles with Control Risks included: General Manager for the Andean Region, based in Bogotá; Operations Manager, Confidential Response Services; and Crisis Management and Response Consultant.  Prior to joining Control Risks, Simon was a Detective Inspector in the Royal Hong Kong Police Force, having served in the Metropolitan Police from 1983 to 1987.

G4S’ specialist Crisis Management division provides governments, international corporations and private individuals around the world with abduction, kidnap for ransom and extortion (K&R) prevention, training and response services. G4S is a recognised leader in this highly specialised market and is an approved K&R consultancy for some of the world’s largest insurers and special risks brokers. G4S provides a guaranteed 24/7 immediate response to any incident, anywhere in the world, and is able to give our clients balanced and impartial advice on the full range of options open to them to bring an incident to a successful conclusion.

Nigel Billingham, Group Managing Director, G4S Risk Management, commented: “We are very pleased to welcome Simon to the team.  He brings tremendous expertise in crisis response with successful leadership experience in all aspects of business risk consultancy. I believe his excellent team building skills, strong leadership style and commercial experience will help him to drive our response service to the next level.”

Simon Baker commented:  “I am looking forward to applying my experience to further developing G4S’s crisis response services and supporting its extensive customer base to work more safely and securely wherever they operate.”

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