May 16, 2007 09:01 ET

GardaWorld's Nigel Brown Named 2007 Investigator of the Year by Association of British Investigators

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA--(CCNMatthews - May 16, 2007) - GardaWorld, one of the most trusted risk consulting and security services firms in the world, today announced that Nigel Brown, Senior Managing Director of the Consulting and Investigations Division, has been named the 2007 Investigator of the Year by the Association of British Investigators, a UK organization representing professional private investigators.

The prestigious annual award is given based on a review of case studies submitted by nominees. Brown is being recognized for the successful rescue of an oil company executive who was kidnapped from a Paris hotel during a business trip. The complex investigation spanned three European countries and culminated in a precisely coordinated rescue of the executive.

Brown was nominated for the award by Tony Imossi, Executive Director of Internationale Kommission der Detektiv-Verbande (IKD) and a former President of the Association of British Investigators. Based in London, Brown joined the company in early 2007 when his former company, GSS Global was acquired. He is responsible for supporting clients with a complete set of security, technology, and investigative services. He has more than 28 years of experience in corporate security, protection, investigations, and law enforcement - most recently as co-founder and CEO of GSS Global, a leading European risk consulting firm. There he specialized in internal controls and compliance, banking safeguards, security systems engineering, executive protection and threat monitoring, white collar crime, due diligence, employee screening, and IT investigations.

Brown began his private sector security career by leading the Security and Investigation team at the aviation and security integration firm ICTS London. Shortly thereafter, he established, International Security Consultancy Ltd ISC, specializing in Consulting and Investigations. Under his direction the firm became a leading consultancy covering all aspects of risk assessments through investigations for major multi-national corporations and various banks and financial Institutions worldwide. Throughout his career, Brown has supported clients in more than 30 countries, having lived or worked in a number of locations including Israel, London, Cape Town South Africa, Namibia, Paris, Kenya, and Ecuador.

Brown served 13 years with the Metropolitan Police-New Scotland Yard. During this time he worked in a wide cross section of disciplines, including the Anti-Terrorist Squad, Crime Squad, Drugs Squad, Advanced Driver, and Firearms Officer (Marksman). He retired with an Exemplary Conduct Certification and four Bravery awards. He is a graduate of the University in London with a degree in Medical Laboratory Science.

GardaWorld includes Garda's Consulting, Investigation, and Global Risks groups and provides services to government and commercial clients around the world and in high-risk markets. GardaWorld unifies teams from KSG/KGSI (subsidiaries of Kroll), Vance, GSS Group, and CLI Chartrand Laframboise, providing a comprehensive and unified approach to market entry strategies and security planning.

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