5 February 2009
HONOLULU, HI - Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. today announced the acquisition of the Hawaiian commercial assets of Akal Security Inc. in a transaction scheduled to close on February 20, 2009. This transaction will include over 30 locations and over 300 security officers.
"We are extremely pleased to be expanding our Hawaiian operations," commented Tony Sabatino, Region President of Securitas USA's Southern California/Hawaii Region. "We truly enjoy working in Hawaii and we find that the spirit of Aloha is very closely aligned with the Securitas core values of integrity, vigilance and helpfulness. In fact, in 2007 we created a human resources seminar entitled ‘Hiring with Aloha' that we taught on the mainland."
Akal's Pacific Region Director, Mr. Lee Donohue, will be joining Securitas USA in the capacity of Director of Security for the Hawaiian Area. Mr. Donohue has a lifetime of experience in law enforcement and security operations. He is perhaps best known for his long and distinguished career with the Honolulu Police Department, retiring as Chief in 2004. "I am very happy to be joining a world leader in Security. I have maintained a professional and personal relationship with Sanj Sappal, Area Vice President, Securitas USA Hawaii, for many years and I originally met Tony Sabatino in 2006," said Mr. Donohue.
"We welcome the Akal clients and security officers to our Ohana," said Sanj Sappal. "This is an exciting time for us and we look forward to having Lee Donohue join our service team."
Securitas USA's roots in Hawaii trace back through affiliates to the 1950's. Securitas USA currently employs over 2,400 employees in Hawaii, with 11 branch managers, overseeing four offices on Oahu, Maui and Kauai, and two offices on the Big Island in Kona and in Hilo. In 2006, Securitas USA purchased Safeguard Services Inc. and is proud to say that it currently employs all of the original Safeguard managers.
Headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. is the nation's leading security provider, and along with its affiliates, offers security solutions, including uniformed security officers, mobile patrol and consulting & investigations. Everywhere from small businesses to large corporations, our 100,000 employees are making a difference.