Friday, January 11, 2013

Media Release- Unity Resources Group Appoints New Crisis Leader

Unity Resources Group, a leading and trusted provider of operational solutions in complex, challenging and fragile environments, has newly appointed Simon Baker as their Vice President of Crisis Management. Simon will lead Unity’s kidnap for ransom, extortion & illegal detention (KRED) practice as well as the Company’s wider crisis management planning and response.
Simon is a highly experienced and renowned crisis leader, who has uniquely served at all levels of the crisis continuum including as a deployed consultant, an operational manager of crisis teams  and, since 2003, as an Executive designing and leading overall crisis response capabilities. He has personally deployed on the most complex of political cases, high profile incidents and piracy events.
Simon comes to Unity from ASI Global, a FrontierMEDEX company where he led and supported their crisis response services.

In 2010, Simon ran the kidnap and ransom business for G4S as well as developing the operational infrastructure for G4S Risk Management’s security consulting business.

From 1994 to 2010 Simon worked for Control Risks Group. The last seven years of which saw Simon as the Director, Confidential Response Services and a member of their Executive Committee. In this role he led the team of 20 staff in responding to crises during a period of unprecedented change in the quantity, type and location of kidnap and related cases.

Simon’s previous roles included: General Manager for the Andean Region, based in Bogotá; Operations Manager; and as a Crisis Management and Response Consultant where he advised clients facing live kidnap and extortion incidents, as well as other types of coercive crimes, and provided pre-incident training to clients on the complexities of such incidents should they face them.
Earlier in his career Simon was also a Detective Inspector in the Royal Hong Kong Police Force (1987-1991) specifically targeting organized crime, and the UK Metropolitan Police (1983 to 1987).
Unity’s crisis management and crisis response practice provides governments, corporations, international organizations and private individuals with abduction, kidnap for ransom, extortion and illegal detention services worldwide. This includes specific risk identification and treatment strategies, prevention, training and response.

Gordon Conroy, Unity’s Founder and Executive Chairman stated, “We are extremely pleased to welcome Simon onto our Senior Management Team. Simon’s reputation in the industry is exceptional. He has travelled extensively and his supervision of some 740 cases since 1998 will be valuable experience for Unity and our clients. Simon will bring tremendous leadership expertise in designing and leading both our preventative and response solutions for clients”.

Simon Baker is attracted to Unity in what he sees as, "Unity’s real commitment to clients operating in complex market segments. I look forward to also growing Unity's new relationship with HCC  Specialty and our shared commitment to supporting clients living and working in challenging environments with a first class, ethical service".

Simon holds an Honors Degree in Law from the University of Exeter giving him an exceptional insight into the legal and public interest issues surrounding the resolution of kidnap cases facing the  private sector. 

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