Seavers in, Parker up at GE Security

Monday, October 1, 2007

ALBANY, N.Y.--Charlene Begley, president and chief executive officer of GE Enterprise Solutions, based here, announced in August that Dean Seavers, former president of SimplexGrinnell, would take over the roles of president and chief executive officer at GE Security, effective Sept. 1. Louis Parker, whom Seavers replaces, now leads strategic initiatives under Lloyd Trotter, GE's vice chairman and president and chief executive of GE Industrial.
Seavers, who was not available for interview before press time, will address the industry for the first time at the ASIS International show, Sept. 25, during a 10 a.m. press conference in which he is expected to provide a "five-year business update on GE's security technology investment and delivery, as well as the company's vision for the future of the security business." Greg Burge, GE Security's vice president and general manager, will also address the press, sharing details of GE Security's collaborations with key end users in a number of verticals.
Leading GE Security, at $1.8 billion in annual sales, represents a familiar position for Seavers, who leaves a $2 billion subsidiary of the recently spun-off Tyco International. Seavers joined the fire and life-safety industry in 2000 as regional vice president of operations for Tyoc's ADT, moving to SimplexGrinnell in 2004.
One notable difference between the two companies is that GE Security does not have an installation arm, while SimplexGrinnell is one of the largest integrators of fire and security systems.