Honeywell appoints new regional director

February 2004 News

Ahmed Bhabha has been appointed regional director of the Security Group and Steve Shannon, the current country manager and security group head for Honeywell Southern Africa, will be moving back to Europe on completion of his local contract.

Ahmed Bhabha the new regional director of Honeywell Security Group SA
Ahmed Bhabha the new regional director of Honeywell Security Group SA

"My initial contract with Honeywell SA was for two years and I have been here for seven," says Steve, "so I believe the time has come to accept new challenges and make way for new faces. I have every confidence in Ahmed who has been groomed for this position for the past two years. He has a great depth of knowledge in all sectors of the security industry and I am certain he will lead the Honeywell business to new heights."

Active in the local security field since 1976, Ahmed Bhabha was a founder member of the old SEE Group in 1981. After this company was sold in 1997 he spent two years with QD before forming TeqTrader with Steve Shannon under the Honeywell banner.

"These are challenging times to be at the helm of any business and I am both honoured and delighted that Honeywell has selected me to head up the group," says Ahmed Bhabha, "I believe that the rationalisation of our business into a consolidated group under one roof will have considerable benefits. The new structure is designed to remove unnecessary barriers thereby making Honeywell more effective and approachable for customers."

"The security industry is fast-moving and constantly evolving making it necessary for organisations to adapt to the environment of the time. The new Security Group structure will present one team, one direction and one message to our customers making it easier and more streamlined for them to do business with us."

He adds that whilst Honeywell SA benefits from belonging to an international group through technology transfer from like-minded countries, as well as access to the latest products and technology, the new structure also allows for a considerable degree of autonomy to enable the business to be tailored to local market conditions.

Jeremy Hockham, Honeywell Security Group international managing director, who was in South Africa recently, said that the consolidation would streamline both business processes and customer service.

"Internationally, Honeywell's fire and security business is worth $2,5 billion making us the largest security group in the world. The main thrust behind the consolidation into a single group is to leverage our size to bring cost effective, leading edge technology to our customers whilst at the same time ensuring our customers in different regions view us as 'local' with responsive specialist teams able to meet the specific needs of that market," said Hockham.

For more information contact Ahmed Bhabha, Honeywell Southern Africa, 011 574 2500, ahmed.bhabha@honeywell.com





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