Key personnel changes at G4S following review of Olympic’s performance

G4S Olympic security
Key personnel changes at G4S following review of Olympic’s performance

G4S has announced the resignation of two key personnel following an internal review of the failed Olympics contract 

David Taylor-Smith, Chief Operating Officer and Regional CEO – UK and Africa and of Ian Horseman Sewell, Managing Director, G4S Global Events have resigned.

The company said in a statement: “Richard Morris, currently the Group Managing Director of G4S Care & Justice Services in the UK, has been appointed as the CEO, UK Region. Kim Challis, who currently runs a portfolio of UK commercial and Government businesses, will take on direct line management responsibility for all Government businesses in the UK as CEO, G4S Government and Outsourcing Solutions – a new role created to enhance our focus on this critically important area of our business. ”

Chairman John Connolly said: “G4S has accepted responsibility for its failure to deliver fully on the Olympic contract. We apologise for this and we thank the military and the police for the vital roles they played in ensuring the delivery of a safe and secure Games.

“Our Review of the company’s performance on this contract has been extremely thorough and, whilst the failures are largely specific to the very special nature of this contract, we will learn from mistakes made. We are taking actions in relation to both the management and governance of G4S to ensure we continue to deliver the highest standards of customer service and contract delivery across the Group.”

The company has issued a ten-page report into its failings. More to follow when we have had time to digest it.

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