Magazine article Security Management

Honing Your Survival Skills

Magazine article Security Management

Honing Your Survival Skills

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In addition to helping management achieve a smooth and safe melding of operations and personnel, the security professional will obviously want to secure his or her own professional survival during any merger or acquisition. To ride the rough waters in the wake of a merger, say those who have gone through it, a security manager must be flexible and willing to take the initiative.

Richard Guter, CPP, explains how, prior to the merger, he headed domestic security for Chemical Bank. With the merger, he assumed a new position that put him in charge of "integration and implementation" for the two banks. In that capacity, he was responsible for (among other duties), rewriting all the policies and procedures of the merged institutions. Then he was transitioned to a more permanent position in the company when that task was completed.

Guter had a similar experience when Chemical and Chase merged. At the time, Guter was heading up technical security at Chemical. However, he explains, "my counterpart in Chase was abundantly more qualified for that position in the merged bank, and I ended up heading up a new unit called administration, integration and compliance." Here again, says Guter, he was responsible for writing the policies of the newly merged institution (as well as overseeing compliance issues). Other security personnel, he says, also made similar lateral moves.

How can security managers prepare for such changes? "The ability to transfer knowledge" from one application to another is a particularly important skill, says Guter. …

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