Former CAB chief joins ex-Army Ranger's specialist security firm
THE former head of the Criminal Assets Bureau has joined forces with an ex-Irish Army Ranger to provide a wide range of specialist security services in Ireland and around the world.
Retired Detective Chief Superintendent Felix McKenna, who was CAB's chief bureau officer until 2006, recently joined the board of Global Risk Solutions (GRS) which is based in Athlone.
GRS is the brainchild of CEO Danny Closkey who served as a senior NCO with the elite ARW for over 23 years. The company's director of operations is Gregg Browne, a former member of the Irish Military Police and the Army Logistics Corps.
The company provides specialist training, consultancy and security services ranging from anti-piracy and kidnapping to static guards and personal protection for clients in Ireland, the UK, Europe, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia.
"This is a very progressive and exciting company with huge global potential and I'm really looking forward to the challenge," Mr McKenna told the Irish Independent yesterday.
"When I was initially approached by GRS to get involved in their operation, I was very impressed at the level of experience and expertise in all aspects of security management among the staff.
"My job will be in the area of consultancy and risk assessment as well as providing training in how to conduct financial investigations here in Ireland and in the various countries where we have clients."
Mr McKenna recently spent two weeks with GRS executives in Saudi Arabia where the company has agreed a business partnership with a major security firm.
GRS, which has joined the Ireland Saudi Arabia Business Council (ISABC), will provide a range of services to the Saudi authorities including training specialist police and military units as well as advising on money-laundering and fraud investigations.
The company also operates in Nigeria where its ex-military personnel have been instructing security forces protecting the country's oil and gas fields.
In Ireland, the firm provides several major blue-chip companies with security systems, static guards and bodyguards. GRS also runs a number of accredited training programmes for security personnel including close-protection courses at its Athlone headquarters.
GRS's CEO described the recruitment of the former CAB boss as "a major boost to the business".
"Felix has huge experience in crime and security investigations and dealing with law enforcement agencies around the world. We are delighted to have him on board," said Mr Closkey.
The former garda was one of the first officers assigned to set up CAB in 1996 and was credited with playing a pivotal role in establishing its reputation as a world-class law enforcement agency.