K2 Security Screening Group hires TSA executive Girard Phelan

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Security screening system provider K2 Security Screening Group has appointed Girard Phelan as its senior director of capability delivery. Phelan will oversee a portfolio of programs and projects, while also ensuring operational and financial efficiency.

Most recently, Phelan led a team of inspectors and technicians responsible for the regulatory oversight, compliance and enforcement of security measures for all modes of transportation in 10 counties in Central Florida. He has served as the Transportation Security Administration representative (TSAR) for nearly 21 years, including three years as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) attaché in Sydney, Australia, where he worked closely with foreign government and embassy officials throughout the South Pacific.

Previously, Phelan served as the federal security director (FSD) at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Texas. His approach strengthened security operations and modernized screening technology and processes, including the integration of automatic screening lanes and TSA’s first remote checkpoint screening. While there, he was recognized as the federal security director  of the Year in 2018, and under his leadership, in 2019 IAH was named Airport of the Year. Before his Houston assignment, Phelan was the federal security director (FSD) at Savannah International Airport (SAV) in Georgia and Southwest Regional International Airport (RSW) in Florida.

Before joining the TSA, Phelan worked in the private sector, serving as vice president of human resources, facilities and security for Evergreen International Aviation. He began his career in the US Army Military Police Corps, where he spent 20 years serving the USA.

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