Security Icon Gene McLean Joins AFI International's Board of Directors

    The appointment of Gene McLean, former vice president & chief security
    officer for TELUS Communications, brings additional power to the AFI

    TORONTO, Sept. 3 /CNW/ - AFI International Group Inc., a leading North
American crisis response and management company has appointed industry veteran
Gene McLean to its board of directors. He officially assumes the position
effective immediately.
    Mr. McLean will bring his thirty-plus years of high profile,
international security experience to AFI. In this new capacity, he will lend
his wealth of security knowledge and industry-renowned credentials to assist
AFI in delivering an exceptional customer service experience to its North
American clients and guide the course of AFI's future.
    "McLean is a true visionary who will add a seasoned perspective to our
board," says AFI CEO Darrell Parsons. "He brings a wealth of experience, from
decades as a celebrated RCMP officer to his leading role at TELUS and leading
roles on a long list of other boards and committees. We are indeed honoured to
welcome him."
    "Over the last few years, I've watched AFI emerge as a true corporate
security and crisis management leader - not only in Canada, but across North
America," says Gene McLean. "It is a company on the move, led by an
enlightened team of executives that I know I'll enjoy working with. For all
these reasons, I'm extremely pleased to join their board."
    Prior to joining AFI, Mr. McLean was the former vice president & chief
security officer for TELUS Communications. There, his mandate was to protect
personnel and physical assets, secure the network, provide for the protection
of critical data and intellectual property, and ensure regulatory compliance
relating to the release of information. In addition to his VP position,
Mr. McLean was chair of the TELUS Information Security steering committee
(directly involved in the setting of the company's national security policy
and procedures).
    Prior to TELUS, Mr. McLean had an illustrious career as a Royal Canadian
Mounted Police (RCMP) officer. His more than 25 years of service included a
number of domestic and international investigative operations. He also took on
the role of RCMP liaison officer in Europe, Scandinavia and the Middle East.
In 2006 he was honoured and recognized as the Security Director of the Year
award winner.

    About AFI

    For more than 20 years, AFI International has partnered with its clients
to provide elite Crisis Management, Business Continuity and Investigation
services both during labour disruption and regular business operations. AFI
also offers an assortment of pre-crisis planning and premium security
solutions to businesses representing nearly every industry. For more
information, call 1.800.313.9170 or visit

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Martin, at AFI International Group Inc., 1-800-313-9170

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