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ADT to acquire Red Hawk Fire & Security

Acquisition enhances ADT’s scale in commercial market
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10/31/2018

BOCA RATON, Fla.—ADT announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Boca Raton, Fla.-based Red Hawk Fire & Security, a commercial fire, life safety and security services and portfolio company of Comvest Partners, for $317.5 million in cash. Upon completion of the acquisition, ADT said that its business customers will represent 25 percent of total revenue.

Digital Security by ADT launches Identity Protection nationwide

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09/12/2018

BOCA RATON, Fla.—ADT recently announced Digital Security by ADT, a cybersecurity service that will offer peace of mind at home and on-the-go by helping protect a customer’s personal identity, digital data, home network and financial information, and is backed by live operators 24/7.

ADT announces senior leadership succession plan

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

BOCA RATON, Fla.—ADT announced today that Jim DeVries, currently president of ADT, will be promoted to chief executive officer to succeed Tim Whall, who will be retiring on Nov. 30, 2018 after a decades-long career in the security industry.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead this talented team as we continue to drive operational excellence with the customer as our true north,” Jim DeVries said in the announcement. “Together, we will execute our strategies to innovate the customer experience, enhance our service capabilities, and deliver value for all stakeholders. ADT, including our dealer partners, has an exciting future ahead and I am energized by the opportunity to further establish the Company as an innovative leader. I look forward to working closely with Tim to ensure a seamless transition.”

DeVries will be appointed to the company’s board of directors following the transition, and Whall will remain on the company’s board and serve as an advisor to the Company.

“The Company has strengthened its core operations and is successfully executing on its strategy, and both the Board and I believe that now is the right time to initiate this transition of leadership responsibilities,” Whall said in the announcement. “Jim DeVries has led many of the Company’s recent operational and strategic improvements as Chief Operating Officer and President, making him well-positioned to succeed me as Chief Executive Officer. Today the fundamentals of our business are strong and I am confident that under the leadership of Jim and the current management team, ADT will continue to perform and deliver on its long-term growth plans.”

“As President, Jim has demonstrated his deep understanding of the dynamics of our business and what it takes to win in the marketplace,” Marc Becker, chairman of the ADT board of directors stated in a prepared statement. “Leveraging his strengths, including developing strategic partnerships, Jim is well suited to lead the Company’s efforts to drive innovation, expand market share and create shareholder value. The Board expects the transition to be seamless and efficient, and with a world-class leadership team in place we will continue to build on our efforts to grow the business in a disciplined manner.”

He continued, “On behalf of the Board and the Company, I want to thank Tim for his many contributions to ADT. Tim is a thirty-year pioneer in the security alarm sector, and over the past two years, has led the effective transformation of ADT operationally and allowed the Company to deliver an enhanced customer experience through faster service delivery and higher quality customer care, while reducing costs and customer attrition. Through this laser focus on customer service and retention, as well as a more disciplined and robust customer acquisition strategy, Tim and the ADT team have positioned the business for continued strength and value creation.”

DeVries, who joined ADT as chief operating officer in May 2016, has served as President since September 2017. Prior to joining ADT, he held senior leadership roles at leading companies in the insurance, financial services and telecommunications industries, including most recently as executive vice president for Allstate Brand Operations.
 

ADT adds another commercial integrator

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08/22/2018

BOCA RATON, Fla.—ADT recently announced the completed acquisition of Access Systems Integration, a regional systems integrator based in Eatontown, N.J.

ADT makes another commercial buy

San Francisco-based Acme Security Systems will join forces with ASG
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03/14/2018

BOCA RATON, Fla.—ADT yesterday announced the completed acquisition of Acme Security Systems. Acme will join forces with recently acquired Aronson Security Group (ASG) to further drive commercial growth and expansion, ADT said in its announcement.

ADT names Jim DeVries as president

DeVries joined ADT in May 2016 from Allstate
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09/13/2017

BOCA RATON, Fla.—ADT recently announced that Jim DeVries, the company’s COO, will be promoted to the role of president; DeVries told Security Systems News that it is a newly created position at ADT.