HONG KONG -- Hill & Associates ("H&A"), the leading Asia-Pacific risk management consultancy today appointed Richard Hickson, former President of Brinks Inc. to the position of Chief Executive Officer.
Richard is a recognized leader in the security industry having held increasingly senior positions with both public and private security service companies around the world during an eighteen-year management career. Throughout his career, Richard has been committed to excellence in the provision of security solutions to government entities and corporations, a philosophy that matches that of H&A exactly.
"Richard is a world class manager and a proven leader. He is exactly the profile we were looking for to fit the Chief Executive role. With his leadership, experience and proven talent on board, we are confident we can take our business to the next level" commented Colin Hill.
Prior to joining H&A, Richard led a team focused on initiating and advising on security industry private equity buy-out opportunities. During this time he also served on the boards of a number of security companies.
Previously, Richard spent five years at Brink's Inc., the US based security services company. Having been recruited to run the UK cash services operation, he was promoted first to manage the Europe, Middle East and Africa region and then again to be President of the company where he had full P&L responsibility for the US$1.6 billion operation active in 53 countries around the world.
Richard said, "Hill & Associates is poised for tremendous growth and success and I look forward to the challenges ahead in turning that potential into reality. We have a great team of people, brand, network and client base and I am enthusiastic about the prospect of working with all of them to achieve one goal: being the best."
Prior to his time at Brink's, Richard held several positions at Holmes Protection Group, a New York based electronic security services company. During a six-year career at Holmes, culminating in his being appointed CEO, Richard was heavily involved in a financial and operational turnaround of the group which prepared the way for its eventual sale to Tyco.
Richard joined the private sector in 1986 after eight years' military service during which time he served as an Officer with the British Army in Germany, Northern Ireland, the UK and Zimbabwe and with the Sultan of Oman's Land Forces in southern Arabia. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, the international business school in France, and an MA from St. Andrews University, Scotland.