Byerly to lead Diebold security division

Former Stanley CSS president Tony Byerly says Diebold will look at acquisitions, increasing RMR-based services, national accounts
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Monday, June 25, 2012

Updated on June 27, 2012 with interview with Tony Byerly

NORTH CANTON, Ohio—Six weeks after leaving Stanley CSS, Tony Byerly on June 25 was named EVP, electronic security for Diebold. Byerly takes over for Bradley Stephenson, who retired from this role last November.

“There is not one current provider of this scale and brand awareness that is better positioned to drive innovation into the security industry,” Byerly told Security Systems News in an email interview.

In his new role, Byerly will lead the company’s electronic security business across all markets. Most recently Byerly was president and COO at Stanley Convergent Security Solutions (CSS). He left that post in May.

Byerly said he was drawn to the position because Diebold is well positioned to become the next-generation electronic security services company.

“Diebold is serious about its commitment to building the electronic security services business—both organically and acquisitively,” he said.

He called Diebold’s reputation for its integration capabilities, service and reliability “stellar” and noted that Diebold is a well known and trusted brand.

“It boasts numerous marquee accounts and a robust North American branch network. I was also impressed with the company’s technological competencies around software solutions and managed services for the financial market.”

He said Diebold “is serious about building a more robust services- and RMR-focused business, and I have a track record of success in that arena.”

To do that, Diebold leverages “its integrated and managed services in the financial sector where there are long-standing and successful business relationships and proven delivery capabilities.”

On national accounts, Byerly said the industry is “in need of a long-term, stable and focused national account services provider, and we intend to provide a clear alternative to security buyers. Clearly, few strategic companies are positioned as well as Diebold.”

Kevin Engelhardt, Diebold VP of operations who served as Interim VP of electronic security after Stephenson’s departure, will report to Byerly. Jeremy Brecher, VP security technology, and Jackie Grimm, VP security solutions, will also report to Byerly.

Byerly joined Stanley when Stanley acquired HSM in 2006.  He has also previously worked at ADT/Tyco International, Honeywell Security Monitoring (HSM), Ameritech, SBC Global Communications, SecurityLink and Cambridge Protection Industries.

In a prepared statement, Thomas W. Swidarski, Diebold president and CEO, said he was confident in Byerly’s abilities and said Diebold intends to leverage “the strength of our innovative integrated services model and our strong brand in the banking space and recent accomplishments within the electronic security environment.”

Click here to see a Security Systems News video interview recorded at ISC West in March with Engelhardt and Brecher about Diebold’s integrated services model.