Mitigating Risk With Executive Protection Programs
Kidnappings, hostage situations, carjacking, mail-borne explosives, biological agents, terrorism, and threatening letters or emails seem like the kind of things found only in a James Bond action film. And yet, these are examples of real threats often faced by the executives of powerful companies, particularly in sectors such as financial services, pharmaceutical and energy industries, and those with executives based overseas. This is why executive protection programs have become increasingly important in the business world. To protect executives from attackers who may go after the executive directly, or through their family, companies hire firms to develop executive protection programs.
However, these programs are much more complex than they seem at first. Unlike a building, a top executive cannot go into lockdown, or be protected by a fence or security code. Rather, their protection must be integrated into their everyday lives, without disrupting them. At her firm, S.E.H. Consulting, Shauna D. Crowden provides expert services in the field of executive protection. With over 50 years of combined experience, S.E.H.’s team of highly skilled and discreet professionals have been helping their clients develop and execute a complete security and logistical plan to protect their executives by anticipating and assessing potential threats, and making critical decisions through the use of their proprietary “risk matrix.”
To develop an executive protection plan, S.E.H. considers three major factors: the negative impact if something happened to one or more of the company’s principals, the probability of this loss occurring, and how to best prevent this from happening. When considering the negative impact and loss related to an executive being harmed, the most important factor is the potential harm to the individual or his or her family. Additionally, S.E.H. contemplates the interests of the company and its shareholders. For instance, if a company’s reputation and competitiveness is directly related to the esteem of its executives, then that company’s actual value is tied to the safety of that individual. Many executives are also required to travel both domestically and abroad, making secure travel logistics another top priority for S.E.H. consultants.
Once the risks have been determined, S.E.H. professionals will work diligently to develop a protection program that decreases the probability of these risk occurring. By balancing perceived risk and potential threats, Shauna Crowden helps ensure that her company’s clients are protected in all situations. Don’t wait until it’s too late – call S.E.H. Consulting today to begin developing an executive protection program for your business.