Codan’s New Military and Security Division
Codan Limited (Adelaide, Australia) and Codan U.S. Inc., together announce the development of a new, centralised Military and Security Division, based in Manassas, Va. This new Division will take the reins on providing global defence and government organisations with reliable, affordable high frequency radio communication systems and products.
Recently appointed vice president and general manager, Andrew Sheppard, will manage business development, contracts, field engineering, sales, etc. for the new Division.
“The development of the Military and Security Division is part of an ongoing plan by Codan to strengthen its global presence and develop a closer understanding of the needs of government and defence organisations, primarily involved in reconstruction and rebuilding initiatives,” said Sheppard.
Codan already supplies the U.S. Department of Defense and various civil authority sections within internal security.
“Like our customers, we believe that radio communications which are simple to operate and maintain, are one of the keys to providing security. Codan radios have traditionally been used by Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in much the same manner as they will also be used for counter narcotics, counter insurgency, border control and emergency communications.”
Sheppard highlighted that Codan is a partnered supplier to the US Army, and has supplied Africa and the Middle East with thousands of transceivers to support rebuilding programs and security efforts.
“The Military and Security Division is part of our continuing effort to expand into markets that have synergy with our heritage of serving humanitarian organizations in developing countries,” said Donald McGurk, divisional general manager, HF Business Unit, Codan Limited.
“In this tough economic climate, we find that most military and security customers are pursuing more affordable, but proven radio technology, such as we have provided for almost 50 years to our worldwide customer base.”
Retiring from the British Army in 2002, where he served for 20 years on various global operations, Sheppard joined the industry and became involved in both business development and engineering roles. He holds advanced degrees in systems management and electrical engineering, and is a Chartered Engineer.