Kevin Dowd Named Chairman and CEO of Sonitrol
Alexandria, VA — Sonitrol, Inc., a leading
commercial security provider in North America, announced today that its
parent company, Tyco International, Ltd., has sold Sonitrol to a group
of private investors: Spire Capital Partners, L.P.,
Carlyle Venture Partners, and Wachovia Capital Partners for $125.5
million. Concurrent with the transaction, Kevin P. Dowd, was named
Chairman and CEO of Sonitrol, succeeding Chris Cobb, who will remain
with Tyco’s ADT division.
Mr. Dowd said, “Sonitrol is the leading national provider of verified
alarm monitoring for commercial customers. The Company has a
distinguished track record, a dedicated team of employees, and a
terrific group of franchisees. We look forward to leveraging the
financial and strategic resources of Spire, Carlyle, and Wachovia, to
build on these existing assets and foster an exciting period of growth
and value creation. The Sonitrol management team is renewed and the
staff are excited about the future.”
On behalf of the investing group, Bruce Hernandez, Managing Partner of Spire Capital,
said, “We are pleased to welcome Kevin to Sonitrol and look forward to
working with him and his world class management team. Kevin is uniquely
qualified to build upon the existing strengths of the Sonitrol
organization. By investing to expand and improve Sonitrol’s proven set
of flagship audio detection products, this business is well positioned
Sonitrol has a network of 170 franchises serving 180 cities in the
U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Since 1977, Sonitrol has assisted local
police with more than 150,000 documented apprehensions in the U.S. and
abroad. Sonitrol’s flagship audio detection technology allows companies
to monitor the sounds made during a tripped alarm without alerting the
intruder, which leads to the highest criminal apprehension rates in the
industry. Additionally, in an era when an increasing number of
municipalities is overwhelmed responding to erroneous alarms, Sonitrol’s
low false alarm rate is a compelling value proposition.
Kevin P. Dowd, 55, comes to Sonitrol with 34 years of marketing and
management experience. From 1988 to 2001 he served in several senior
positions, most recently as President and CEO, at Checkpoint Systems,
Inc., a multinational marketer and manufacturer of labeling solutions.
Under his leadership, Checkpoint’s revenue grew from $40 million to $700
million and the company became listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
About Sonitrol, Inc.
Sonitrol, founded in 1954, offers the most comprehensive electronic
security protection available today, including verified audio detection,
access control, SonaVisionTM video services, fire detection, and
industrial process monitoring. Sonitrol’s audio verification product has
a documented record of low false alarms, fast police response, and the
highest documented apprehension rate in the security industry.