UTC Fire & Security has new president; launches new brand


Lots of hot news from UTC Fire & Security: It has a new president, Scott Buckhout, and it just aligned its United States fire and security services businesses under the Chubb brand.

Buckhout succeeds William Brown as president, according to a company press release. Brown has been promoted to senior vice president, corporate strategy & development, of United Technologies Corp., in order “to provide a comprehensive and fully integrated approach to acquisitions and other growth initiatives,” the release said. UTC Fire & Security is a unit of United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn.

Buckhout joined UTC in 2007 after 15 years of general management and strategy consulting experience at Honeywell and Booz Allen, respectively, the release said. He has held senior UTC Fire & Security management roles, including president of the Systems & Fire Fighting business in the Europe-Middle East-Africa region and most recently serving as president, Global Fire Products, according to the company.

“Scott’s significant experience in Europe, coupled with his general management skills, and broad industry knowledge make him well qualified for this important UTC leadership position,” UTC Chairman & CEO Louis Chênevert said in a statement.

In other news, UTC Fire & Security announced today it has aligned its United States fire and security services businesses under the Chubb brand, “providing a new, more seamless interface to customers. Multiple service entities that are part of UTC Fire & Security, including Detection Logic, Fire Systems Inc. (FSI), Florida State Fire and Security (FSFS) and Red Hawk, are now known as Chubb, a UTC Fire & Security Company.”

“The transition is more than changing our name – we are transforming our business and are committed to providing the highest standard of service, professionalism and quality for our customers," Sean Flint, president of UTC Fire & Security's services business in the Americas, said in a statement.  “Above everything, we are in the business of protecting property and safeguarding lives, and we remain committed to and passionate about doing that.”

Here’s more from the release: “Founded in 1818, Chubb has a rich history and strong reputation in the life safety and security services. With nearly 10,000 technicians and more than 400 locations, Chubb serves more than one million customers worldwide. The company offers cost effective solutions that include installation, service, test & inspection and monitoring of fire/life safety systems, electronic and physical security solutions, and ATM services.” 

“Centralizing the service businesses in the U.S. aligns with UTC Fire & Security's long term global strategy," said Flint.  "Our fire and security service businesses in Canada, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Netherlands, France and Belgium have already been consolidated under the Chubb name.”

“The U.S. businesses that will combine under the Chubb brand include Antronnix, CalProtection, Detection Logic, Diversified Fire Products, Fire Systems Inc., Florida State Fire & Security, HFP Corporation, Lane Fire & Safety, Pratt Landry Associates, John W. Polhemus, Red Hawk, and Vantronics Security Systems.”

“The new Chubb fire and security services business in the U.S. will migrate to a single website, phone number and identity for vehicles and uniforms. The new web site is: www.chubbfs.com.

The company also released this information about Brown:

"UTC has emerged from the recent economic downturn as a leaner and more focused company, and we are well positioned for strong growth,” Chênevert said. “As UTC Fire & Security president, Bill made significant contributions to UTC’s success and we look forward to his leadership on UTC’s acquisition and organic growth initiatives.”

“Under Brown’s leadership, UTC Fire & Security completed over 40 acquisitions to improve product offerings and expand the company’s geographic reach, culminating in the 2010 acquisition of GE Security. Since Brown became its president in 2006, UTC Fire & Security grew sales from $4.2 billion to $6.5 billion while tripling operating profits and becoming a global leader in the fire safety and electronic security markets.”

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