LAKE FOREST, Calif. — Netwatch Group, a leading provider of proactive video monitoring services, has appointed Kurt Takahashi as CEO effective Jan. 4, 2021.

Wendy Hamilton, who has led the group from Ireland through the COVID-19 disruption, is working with Takahashi to take over the reins of all business-related functions, including developing and executing strategy to grow Netwatch’s Proactive Video Monitoring and Contract Monitoring Services, while providing customer service to its dealer channel and end user customers, according to the company.

Takahashi most recently held the position of CEO for Pelco, where he led the transition from Schneider Electric to Transom Capital.

In July of 2020, he led the sale of Pelco to Motorola Solutions. Prior to Pelco, Takahashi was the president of AMAG Technology, an end-to-end security management platform. At AMAG, his leadership transformed the company from being an access control focused business into an open, innovative security management solution, according to an announcement.

Prior to AMAG, Takahashi was the vice president of global sales and marketing at Quantum Secure, an industry leader in physical identity and access management software, where he led sales, business development, and marketing. In 2015 he helped lead the sale of Quantum Secure to HID.

Hamilton, who led the search for an American-based successor, says, “It is great to have Kurt join the team. I firmly believe that having American-based leadership is key to taking this Irish company to the next level in that market while I concentrate on building our presence in Europe as well as maintaining and enhancing our monitoring services to our customers.”

“I am honored and excited to lead the Netwatch Group. Netwatch, NMC and CalAtlantic are innovative businesses that provide solutions and services that help a wide range of customers utilize technology to enhance their security risk profile. As well as European-based services we can offer customers a fully American-based monitoring service which many customers want,” Takahashi adds.

Hamilton will remain with Netwatch as a senior member of the team and board member as she focuses on the Irish and U.K. markets and the monitoring operations of the group.