Gallagher Appoints Kahl Betham as Chief Executive Officer
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Gallagher Appoints Kahl Betham as Chief Executive Officer

By Gov CIO Outlook | Thursday, February 18, 2021

Scott Elliott, Vice President

After nearly six transformative decades with the group, Sir William Gallagher will become President of Gallagher Holdings Limited, with an ambassadorial emphasis.

FREMONT, CA: Gallagher reported that Kahl Betham has been named Chief Executive Officer of Gallagher Group, a global leader in the design and manufacture of security, animal management, and fuel systems solutions. After nearly six transformative decades with the group, Sir William Gallagher will become President of Gallagher Holdings Limited, with an ambassadorial emphasis.

In November 2018, the organization revealed that a succession planning process was underway as Sir William articulated his intention to initiate an orderly transition to leadership, allowing him gradually to step on from his day-to-day duties. To plan for this transition, Steve Tucker, Deputy CEO & Executive Director, moved to the Executive Chair of the Board, and Kahl Betham, Global Director for Security, stepped up to Steve’s Executive Management and Board role.

In his newly expanded role, Kahl will bring over two decades of Gallagher experience to lead the company’s efforts, which span the animal management, security, and fuel systems industries. He will continue to oversee the Operations, Research & Development, Information Services, People & Brand, Finance, Risk & Responsibility, and Legal functions.

“Throughout their careers, Sir William and Kahl have given the Gallagher brand so much,” said Steve Tucker, Gallagher’s Executive Chair. “Over the past few years, the Board has looked at how it builds continued strong governance, and Kahl’s leadership is a great fit for the company to ensure the legacy Sir William has built over so long as leader, continues for many years to come.”

Kahl joined the firm in 1997 and has held several roles, spanning engineering, market research, business analysis, product development and senior leadership roles. “It is the opportunity of a lifetime to lead the number one privately-owned tech exporter in New Zealand,” said Kahl. “I am looking forward to continuing this journey, and to further building on everything we stand for across our people, customers, and business partners.”

Featured in Govt CIO Outlook’s Top 10 Security Solution Providers–2020, Gallagher today operates from 10 key office locations worldwide and has over 1,000 employees who are dedicated to delivering solutions that add real value for customers.

“When my father, Bill Gallagher Senior, started the company in 1938, never did I imagine that it would grow to quite the size and scale it has,” said Sir William. “I’m immensely proud to look back on what has been an extremely rewarding career thanks to so many people, both in New Zealand and right around the world. It’s now time for me to start moving away from the more day-to-day operations of the company, but I’m very much looking forward to remaining an active part of Gallagher in my new ambassadorial role and being able to travel again when borders reopen.”

“As a company, we are on a mission to deliver a greater volume of compelling sustainable business value to our customers, partners, and colleagues, and it all starts at gaining an in-depth understanding of our customers’ business goals then helping them define, develop, implement and sustain a solution,” mentions Scott Elliott, Vice President, Gallagher.

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