Our Leadership

Anthony Sabatino

CEO

Enables growth and an expanded range of solutions to assure security and safety government and industry.
Enables growth and an expanded range of solutions to assure security and safety government and industry.
  • BS, Economics and Business Administration, Wagner College; Executive development coursework at IMD, Cornell, and Harvard Universities.
  • Held roles at the California Association of Licensed Security Agencies, Guards and Associates (CALSAGA)
  • Board member and Labor Committee Chairman for at the California Chamber of Commerce (2009-2018)

Tony Sabatino was named Chief Executive Officer of Securitas Critical Infrastructure Services, Inc. (SCIS) and Paragon Systems, Inc. (Paragon) in January 2020. Previously, Mr. Sabatino joined Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. (SUSA) in 1991 as a Management Trainee and held sales, management, and leadership roles. He served as President of the Pacific Region for over 10 years, which grew under his leadership to become the company’s largest Region with over 15,000 employees. In 2015, Mr. Sabatino was promoted to Executive Vice President, Securitas North American Division with responsibilities for strategy, marketing, communications, corporate development, and special projects. He has led and/or coordinated multiple acquisitions including companies in guarding, electronic security, and investigation services.

William “Andy” Henry

Controller

Delivers audit, forecasting and budgeting insights to executive and Sector leadership.
Delivers audit, forecasting and budgeting insights to executive and Sector leadership.
  • BPS, University of New Hampshire; MBA, New Hampshire College; Executive development coursework at IMD and Harvard University
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (since 2001)
  • Former US Navy

Andy Henry became Controller for Paragon and SCIS in 2019. He provides a wealth of financial audit, budgeting and forecasting expertise to the executive leadership team as well as oversight and guidance to Sector Controllers. Prior to this role, he was Division Controller for affiliate company Securitas North America, where he provided financial support, training, and analysis for this $4B Division. In addition, he was an instrumental member of several development teams responsible for the modeling and reporting systems now in place across the North America enterprise. Mr. Henry previously worked as a Private Investigator specializing in financial audits and investigations.

Mark Howell

VP Corporate Governance

Leads Corporate security; track record of success with the Company since 1996.
Leads Corporate security; track record of success with the Company since 1996.
  • BS, Criminal Justice, Troy University
  • US Marine Corps and US Marines Reserves (Lt. Col., Ret.)
  • Security leadership positions with Texas Instruments and Fidelity Investments

Mark B. Howell became Vice President Governance and Compliance in 2006, and serves as Secretary to the Corporation, DOE Corporate Facility Security Officer and DOD Corporate Security Officer. Mr. Howell also oversees the internal audit process, business licensing requirements, and international partnerships. Previously, he had joined the Company in 1996 as District Manager for Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, supporting over 60 clients. In 2000, he was promoted to National Account Manager overseeing the United Technologies Corporation contract, where he developed and implemented performance metrics to drive standardization and best practices. In 2002, he was promoted to Eastern Region Vice President, where he designed and implemented a new business infrastructure to efficiently support the Company’s growth.

Jack Stem

SVP Business Development

Supports federal sector growth; over 30 years of public and private service in the defense industry.
Supports federal sector growth; over 30 years of public and private service in the defense industry.
  • US Naval Academy; Naval Postgraduate School
  • Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM)

Jack Stem joined Paragon in 2021 as the Corporate Vice President, Business Development, focused on continuing to build the growth strategy in the federal sector. With over 30 years of public and private service in the defense industry, Mr. Stem has successfully driven numerous industry partnerships and service capabilities.Throughout his career, he has expanded engagements with government and military operations through several Department of Defense organizations as well as the US Navy, Air Force, and Army. Using his vast knowledge and strong leadership skills, Mr. Stem guides Paragon’s growth in the federal sector by providing services adjacent to traditional physical guarding and investigative services, including Mission Support, Inspection Services, and Cyber Security.

Laura Hagan

General Counsel

Nearly 20 years of experience in litigation and contracts as well as business development.
Nearly 20 years of experience in litigation and contracts as well as business development.
  • BS (cum laude), Harvard University; J.D. University of San Diego School of Law
  • Licensed to practice law in California and Virginia
  • Contributing author to the Matthew Bender Practice Guide: California Contract Litigation (Lexis-Nexis, 2005)

Laura Hagan has served as the Vice President of Labor Relations and General Counsel for Paragon Systems since 2014. She has nearly two decades of litigation and contracts experience. In addition, Ms. Hagan brings her experience as a business development executive to the role of General Counsel. She previously served as Assistant Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel with Paragon from 2011 to 2014. Ms. Hagan’s extensive government contracting experience includes direct involvement in bid and proposal efforts, as well as drafting and negotiating subcontracts, overseeing contract and regulatory compliance, and advising on a broad range of employment and labor issues.

Lisette Chreene

Corporate VP Human Resources

Expands and enhances recruitment, development and retention programs as well as diversity and safety initiatives.
Expands and enhances recruitment, development and retention programs as well as diversity and safety initiatives.
  • BA, Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Training Magazine’s Top Young Trainer; featured in TD magazine’s August 2020 article An Onboarding Makeover to Match a Hiring Boom.

Lisette Chreene became the senior Human Resources leader for Paragon and SCIS in 2021. Previously serving as the Vice President, Talent Development, for the entire 100,000 employee Guarding business unit at affiliate company Securitas USA, Ms. Chreene built a robust management training program and enhanced onboarding processes. Prior to that position, she spent nearly a decade as the Vice President, Human Resources for Securitas USA’s Pacific Region, supporting an employee base 17,000 strong. Ms. Chreene has held positions as a Training Manager at University Southern California (USC) and at Taco Bell, where she was a Manager with P&L responsibility for five locations.

Les Kaciban

President, Paragon Protective Services

Over 30 years of Federal Law Enforcement and private security experience.
Over 30 years of Federal Law Enforcement and private security experience.
  • BA, Business Administration, Ohio Wesleyan University; MBA, Illinois Benedictine University
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Former Deputy Assistant Director, FBI

Les Kaciban, a 30+ year veteran of Federal Law Enforcement and private security, leads Paragon Protective Services’ national team of over 10,000 security support specialists and other professionals who make up the security, logistics and law enforcement arm of Paragon’s Government services. Prior to joining Paragon, Mr. Kaciban served as Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI, where he was responsible for directing the FBI’s international investigative and protective programs, including managing over 2,000 special agents and linguists around the world. He also served as the first Director of the FBI’s International Law Enforcement Academy, which has graduated over 7,000 law enforcement officers from 27 countries.

Doug Steele

President, Paragon Investigations

Over 20 years of senior leadership experience in personnel investigations and security in both the federal and private sectors.
Over 20 years of senior leadership experience in personnel investigations and security in both the federal and private sectors.
  • BA, International Relations and Economics, University of Richmond
  • Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Innovation in Leadership certificate from MIT’s Sloan School of Management

Doug Steele was named President of Paragon Investigations in 2019. Mr. Steele joined Paragon’s parent company, SCIS, in 2014 as Vice President of Investigations and Business Development to build this new business sector. Prior to joining SCIS, Mr. Steele served as Principal and Managing Director of multiple nationwide federal investigations and inspections programs while focusing on productivity, policy, quality assurance, integrity, and new technology solutions. He previously was a senior member of the US government’s policy arm charged with drafting policy, executive orders, and federal regulations impacting personnel security and investigative standards. His work also included design and implementation of Integrity Assurance protocols governing the government’s background investigations and personnel security framework.

Ron Hickie

President, Paragon Energy

Supports highly regulated energy industry clients with exceptional security services.
Supports highly regulated energy industry clients with exceptional security services.
  • BA, Political Science
  • Certified Protection Professional (CPP)

Mr. Hickie as President of Paragon Energy is dedicated to providing outstanding service to nuclear clients. Mr. Hickie began his career as a nuclear security officer at Yankee Atomic Electric Company. In less than ten years, he was named a Project Manager at an operating nuclear power plant and continued to work his way up from there. In 2009, Ron stepped into the role of Region President for the Securitas Energy Services Sector, a predecessor to the current Paragon Energy Sector. Under his leadership, Paragon Energy has become the preeminent name in providing security services to highly regulated industry clients throughout the United States.

Nick Re

President, SCIS

Over 20 years experience in the commercial security and defense/aerospace industries.
Over 20 years experience in the commercial security and defense/aerospace industries.
  • BA, University of Minnesota; MBA, University of Phoenix
  • Certified Protection Professional (CPP)
  • Member: National Classification Management Society, American Society for Industrial Security, National Defense Industrial Association

Nicolas Re leads SCIS, focused on security for aerospace and defense industries. His role includes executive management, infrastructure development, operations oversight, and business development. Mr. Re joined Pinkerton Government Services, Inc. (now SCIS) through the acquisition of American Protective Services (APS) in January 2000. Previously, as a Program Manager on assignment with a large defense contractor, Mr. Re built and managed a security workforce for multiple locations in the Twin Cities, Minnesota area. Since then, he has served as Branch Manager in Fort Smith, Arkansas and Fort Wayne, Indiana where he worked to develop existing business throughout the Midwest while building operational support for defense industry clients. For nine years, he served as Area Vice President for the Northern U.S and then two years as Vice President of Operations.

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