Raines Launches Chief Security Officers Practice with The Lake Forest Group

September 9, 2020, New York, NY: Raines International, one of the country’s leading executive search and leadership consulting firms, announced today the launch of its Chief Security Officers Practice, co-developed with The Lake Forest Group, a strategic security services firm specializing in all aspects of security, safety, and compliance. The practice will be led by Mr. Patrick Gray, Managing Director at Raines, whose background in the executive search industry and as an intelligence officer, with a concentration on mission critical functions and market sectors, are unique assets for clients seeking to elevate their security strategy and infrastructure. Mr. Gray, a graduate of West Point, spent 5 years as a U.S. Army Intelligence Officer focused on counterintelligence and force protection.

The Practice will identify and recruit senior executives who specialize in all aspects of security – including physical security and cyber security, across industries and sectors. It will be focused on executive search, as well as leadership and organizational transformation services.

Mr. Gray said the COVID-19 pandemic and social protests have raised awareness of the importance of having a comprehensive program managed by a senior executive who understands all aspects of security. “In the last few months, clients have become increasingly committed to enhancing their level of security at every level. In partnering with The Lake Forest Group, we have aligned our firm with the best resources in the industry.”

Mr. G. Michael Verden, Chief Executive Officer of The Lake Forest Group, said that the strategic alliance would expand Raines’ extensive network of security professionals. “We look forward to working with the team at Raines to develop thought leadership content, and to recruiting uniquely qualified and highly experienced individuals to fill executive security positions.”


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