Transguard restructures as regional expansion beckons

June 19, 2014 3:12 pm

Dubai-headquartered Transguard Group, has announced a major corporate restructuring as it prepares to capitalise on potential business opportunities to develop its corporate portfolio throughout the UAE and the wider Gulf region.

The company, whose multidisciplinary operation spans numerous complementary business functions from facilities management and outsource manpower to security and cash services, is laying the groundwork for an aggressive business development campaign as the UAE, indeed the region begins to count down to Expo 2020 and the infrastructure projects slated for major gateway cities start to take shape.

Former managing director Mike McGeever remains at the helm of Transguard’s strategic growth although now in an executive director role, moving away from the day-to-day operation to lead a special projects team responsible for identifying and converting regional market opportunities into new revenue streams.

“Over the last decade the Transguard Group has witnessed exponential growth and now manages over 24,000 staff and boasts a turnover of US$ 210 million. As regional economies continue to prosper in the wake of the global downturn, we see significant growth prospects, especially in Abu Dhabi and our focus is on consolidating our market-leading position here in Dubai and maximising portfolio opportunities elsewhere,” said Mike McGeever, Executive Director, Transguard Group.

“To drive this strategy forward whilst maintaining the levels of operational service and quality that Transguard clients demand, we have strengthened the executive team with a number of key internal appointments and additional international expertise that I know will guarantee that, collectively, we are in a prime position to emulate the success of the last 10 years well into the next decade and beyond,” he added.

Other internal moves include the promotion of John Nolan to the role of Managing Director. Nolan, who has been with the company since 2008, is a pivotal member of the leadership group and a Gulf market expert with almost 15 years regional experience.

Reporting directly to Nolan is newly appointed Chief Operating Officer, Tim Popplewell, and Chief Financial Officer, Tony Lloyd; who are joined by existing Transguard team member and Chief Support Office, Alex De Oliveira.

COO Tim Popplewell will be responsible for overseeing the strategic management and development of the group’s operational businesses and comes with extensive multinational experience, having worked across a diverse range of industries and market sectors in Australasia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, with senior roles in major blue chip organisations as well as asset restructuring expertise.

Tony Lloyd moves across from Qatar to take on the CFO role with a remit to deliver robust corporate governance practices as the company evolves. Lloyd’s 13 years of international experience across diverse industry sectors including large-scale infrastructure and telecommunications, is combined with a proven track record in the investment arena, corporate governance and tendering.

Alex de Oliveira, who has been a key member of the Transguard team since 2010, and who was responsible for developing the group’s ICT function, moves into the CSO position, through which he will manage the full scope of Transguard’s support services and infrastructure, ensuring that it has the scalability to match the company’s long term expansion plans.