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Published: November 20, 2013
International security specialist Pilgrims Group has appointed Greg Pye as Country Director, Afghanistan. Pye is focused on ensuring the company remains a solid presence in the country irrespective of political change.
Pye takes on the Pilgrims Afghanistan operation as the country faces presidential elections in April next year, which will see the incumbent President Karzai step down and the expected withdrawal of NATO troops by the end of 2014.
A former Royal Marine Commando and company start-up specialist, Pye took on the Pilgrims role following his experience in Afghanistan as a service provider for the company. He is now based in Kabul and resident in Afghanistan for 42 weeks of the year.
“Future proofing is the key to business continuity in Afghanistan,” Pye says. “For many of our clients, the coming months are clouded by the upcoming election and how far this will affect their commercial opportunities. Pilgrims is known for staying one step ahead of constantly changing security regulations, which sees new measures introduced by the day.”
“Pilgrims has always provided positive solutions to clients, empowering them and enabling them to operate in hostile environments,” he continues. “We will continue to serve existing clients while looking for new opportunities with NGOs and government agencies as the withdrawal of the allied forces progresses.”
Pye believes the nature of Pilgrims work in Afghanistan is changing. “Security as a standalone service is now being combined with logistical provision.” he says. “Clients are demanding more from their provider and I am keen to develop strong relationships with organisations and provide turnkey solutions that incorporate all clients’ needs. For example, secure accommodation with professional trained manned guarding, competitive quality vehicle services with experienced drivers and well educated risk management consultants on hand 24 hours a day. This way we can provide a bespoke service that remains true to the sound reputation the Pilgrims brand has developed globally.”