COLUMBIA, S.C.—Electric Guard Dog LLC this week named Mark Wesley as its new CEO. Jack DeMao, who has served as CEO since 2007, will transition to a role on the company’s board of directors and remain an investor in the company.
“Electric Guard Dog has a great foundation—a lot of momentum and is growing rapidly—as well as a very customer-focused culture and growth-focused culture that Jack DeMao has put in place here,” Wesley told Security Systems News. “I felt like I was not only stepping into a really great situation but also one that has a lot of upside potential. It is a good size company but still with a lot of opportunity to grow, acquire new customers and do more with the customers we have today, so that is what really excited me about coming here.”
Wesley was most recently the president of Recall Corporation, North and South America, overseeing asset and data protection for an $850 million company that provides outsourced information management services to companies worldwide. During his tenure, Wesley made improvements to operations, developed and implemented a new strategic plan for sales force growth, and improved employee satisfaction. Wesley is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He served for five years as a logistics officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.
“We’re pleased to have someone with Mark’s successful track record join Electric Guard Dog,” Electric Guard Dog chairman and Snow Phipps Group operating partner John Kenny said in the announcement. “We also want to thank Jack for making Electric Guard Dog what it is today. His leadership has transformed the company as it grew from a family business to SDM’s Dealer of the Year in 2016.”
He noted that DeMao significantly transformed and grew Electric Guard Dog during his tenure as CEO, professionalizing the infrastructure of the company and building on the its footprint. Today, the company has a net promoter score above 95 and a 4.8-star rating on Glassdoor, while DeMao himself managed to achieve and maintain a 99 percent approval rating as CEO on the same platform.
“I look forward to watching the company’s continued success as a member of the board of directors,” DeMao said in a prepared statement. “Mark is a great fit for the customers and employees of Electric Guard Dog.”
Wesley told SSN that he is excited to spend time with customers, employees and suppliers “to learn as much about the company and the industry as possible,” he said. “I look forward to working with my team here to develop plans to take this great business, and great foundation and find ways to accelerate growth and provide even greater value to our customers, both our existing customers and prospective new ones.”
Electric Guard Dog provides electric security fences and perimeter security to approximately 4,000 commercial and industrial locations across the U.S., and is a portfolio company of Snow Phipps Group LLC, a private equity firm.Topic: Commercial and Systems Integrators Tags: Electric Guard Dog, Mark Wesley, Jack DeMao, Snow Phipps Group