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Westminster Group’s International division appoints sales director

Westminster Group PLC (AIM: WSG) said its International division has appointed a sales director in response to the significant increase in enquiry levels and orders won since the flotation of the group in 2007.

The company specialises in providing software and equipment to the security, defence, fire protection and safety markets worldwide.

This increase in activity has resulted in the opening of two new offices, in Abu Dhabi and Kuala Lumpur, and the appointment of further agents.

Shires Crichton, the newly-appointed sales director, initially trained as an Electronic Security Engineer, has worked in the international security and defence industries for over 20 years.  His experience spans both governmental and commercial clients, addressing personal and collateral risks throughout the world.

Chrichton has supported clients from personnel training and solutions consultancy through to design, procurement, project management, installation and post implementation systems audit.  Areas of specialism include counter terrorism, counter insurgency, prevention of theft and sabotage, personal security and infrastructure security.

Chief executive Peter Fowler said: "Our market place is growing significantly and requires the highest level of professionalism and innovation to stay one step ahead of the threats that our clients face.  Shires has proved that he can anticipate the threat and apply state of the art solutions to protect Westminster's clients which is crucial in maintaining our market position and reputation.  He is very well connected within the industry and will be an asset to the group."

Westminster Group in November 2009 made an approach for peer Pentagon Protection PLC (AIM: PPR), but in December stated that it had “no current intention of making an offer” for Pentagon Protection. The initial approach had been at a price lower than the share price at the time.

Disclosure: The author holds no positions in the company