Raines International, an executive search and leadership consulting firms, launched its Security Officers Practice, co-developed with The Lake Forest Group, a security services firm specializing in security, safety and compliance. The practice will be led by Patrick Gray, Managing Director at Raines, who has a background in the executive search industry and as an intelligence officer, with a concentration on mission critical functions and market sectors. Gray, a graduate of West Point, spent 5 years as a U.S. Army Intelligence Officer focused on counterintelligence and force protection.

The new 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.

Gray stated 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.”