Meet our people
Dean Thrasher Executive Chairman
Mr. Thrasher is a senior executive with more than two decades of start-up business management skills, mergers & acquisitions, product launches, product development, and funding experience in the technology, wholesale, manufacturing, distribution, retail and franchise sectors, as well as extensive international business and public market experience. Dean has run and managed several private companies as well as a TSX-Venture listed public company. His previously tenures include being Chair of both private and public companies, as well as holding a seat on the Board of Directors of these entities.
Paul Jensen Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Jensen is a seasoned, global executive with direct experience in developing high performance teams, managing complex projects, and building a global network of trusted advisers and business partners. His experiences have been focused on plastics contract manufacturing, the defence sector, technology licensing and managing intricate, multinational programs. Mr. Jensen has extensive business experience in the Middle East in both the public and private sectors of defence.
Mr. Jensen’s tenures include: co-founding Halo Maritime Defense Systems, with 13 patents and over $300-million in naval and defence opportunities; Nypro Inc., a billion-dollar plastics injection molding contract manufacturer, where Mr. Jensen held senior management positions and directed a business unit with $150-million in sales; and positions with Kodak and GE, as well as the U.S. Army (nine years of active duty serving in command positions with the 82nd Airborne Division and XVIIIth Airborne Corps. Mr. Jensen was twice awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.
A distinguished graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (1977), Mr. Jensen received his MS in chemistry from MIT (1979 — Fannie and John Hertz Fellow) and holds an MBA with honours from Golden Gate University (1982).
Bryan Ganz President
Mr. Ganz brings more than 30 years of global business experience in sales management, manufacturing, new product design and development as well as mergers & acquisitions. Mr. Ganz will assist SDI with sales & marketing, expansion of the company’s product range, review of operations, implementation of cost control measures, development of strategic alliances and financial oversight. During his career Mr. Ganz has bought, built and sold more than half a dozen global businesses with combined sales in excess of $1.0 billion. Most recently, Mr. Ganz sold Maine Industrial Tire LLC to Trelleborg (based out of Sweden) for $67 million, generating a 7.0x return to investors over a three-year period.
Mr. Ganz is a graduate of Columbia Law School in New York City and completed his accounting designation at Georgetown University in Washington DC.
Rakesh Malhotra Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Malhotra has been SDI’s Chief Financial Officer since January 7, 2007. A United States Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Canadian Chartered Accountant, Mr. Malhotra graduated with Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) from the University of Delhi, India, and worked for A.F. Ferguson & Co., the Indian correspondent of KPMG. Having practiced as a Chartered Accountant for over ten years in New Delhi, Mr. Malhotra moved to the Middle East and worked for five years with the International Bahwan Group in a senior finance position. After moving to Toronto, Canada, Mr. Malhotra served as Vice President of Finance for a private group of companies, CFO of various public corporations and continues to consultant for public companies.
André J. Buys Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Buys is an experienced mechanical engineer, innovator and entrepreneur. He received his Bachelors and Honors degree in engineering from the University of Pretoria in 2006 and is currently completing his Masters degree in Engineering (Engineering Management). André has over 14 years of product design, innovation and technology management experience and founded several successful engineering consultant businesses. Previously, he designed mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) military vehicles used by the US Army in both Iraq and Afghanistan at BAE Systems and was the mechanical design authority on a new submarine periscope system developed at Carl Zeiss Optronics, still in production today. Most recently, André has focused his activities on developing less lethal munitions, launchers and security related products, registering an impressive collection of patents and design registrations in the process, most notably a less lethal projectile that achieves industry leading accuracy, range, payload capacity and safety.
Security Devices International
Security Devices International (SDI) is a defense technology company focused on less lethal munitions and equipment. We develop, patent, manufacture and market the 40mm Blunt Impact Projectile ("BIP"), the 40mm Collapsible Head Impact Projectile ("CHIP") and the stabilized finned projectile ("SFP") for .68 / .49 cal rounds.
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Building 2, Suite 201
Wakefield, MA 01880
330-4104 Fairview Street
Burlington, Ontario L7L 4Y8