Kastle Systems International (KSI), which provides managed security solutions and services, today announced the appointment of Haniel Lynn, 16-year veteran of CEB, now Gartner, as CEO, effective immediately. Lynn will assume the new role of CEO across KSI’s family of five security companies including Kastle Systems, Mutual Security, Stat Land Security, Urban Alarm and CheckVideo. Former CEO Piyush Sodha will continue to be actively involved in the business, serving as co-chairman and co-owner, alongside chairman and majority owner Mark Ein. Kastle Systems International is ranked #5 on the SDM 100 list of top systems integrators.
Lynn has more than 25 years of global operating and executive management experience growing and scaling enterprises from startup to $1 billion, leveraging his distinctive strengths in strategy, innovation, leadership and operations. He most recently served as Group President of CEB, now Gartner's Best Practices & Decision Support business, and member of the company’s executive leadership team and has previously held roles at GE Information Services, McKinsey & Company and LYTE, a technology startup. Lynn graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA from the Wharton School.
“I am very pleased to be joining Kastle as CEO and look forward to driving the development and execution of our growth strategy moving forward,” said Lynn. “Security has never been more important than it is today, and it is a privilege to lead Kastle during this important time in its history. Kastle is an organization led by a purpose – to be customers’ very best service provider by providing the most effective and efficient security services 2014 - and I will do my best to serve the company by helping enable our leaders and people to fulfill their passion to make a difference.”
“I can think of no one better than Haniel to lead Kastle in our next stage of growth and advancement,” said Ein. “We've selected a very strong leader at a time when Kastle is in a very strong position. Today’s pace of change is exponential and Kastle’s role in the transformation of the security industry has never been more important. Haniel is unique in his ability to translate vision and strategy into world-class execution, bringing together teams and partners to drive results while inspiring a culture of teamwork. His extensive experience combined with his strong core values make him the perfect choice to lead Kastle as we embark on this important next phase of our journey.”
“Beyond his experience serving as a global operating executive at one of the world’s most respected B2B companies, Haniel embodies a set of values that aligns with our culture of innovation, service and teamwork.” said Piyush Sodha, Kastle’s co- chairman. “Mark and I are excited to work with Haniel as we continue to make significant investments to grow the business and deliver the highest quality security services to the market.”