Alexander Akimov is a former lieutenant colonel of Soviet/Russian special services with extensive experience in counterintelligence and antiterrorism.
In 1996, he joined British American Tobacco as a senior security manager and held responsibilities for the business security of the company’s activities in the South, Volga, Urals and Central regions of Russia, and also in Ukraine and Belarus. From 2002 to 2006, he exercised special responsibility for BAT anti-illicit trade activities in Russia; a most successful period: several counterfeit production lines and warehouses were seized, successful trans-border operation was realized (the controlled delivery of counterfeit cigarettes from Russia to Czech Republic).
He was, in 2005 and 2006, the first security manager from Russia to complete the International Security Management Association (ISMA) Leadership Course which is organized by ISMA and the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University.
From 2006, Alexander held senior security positions in a number of different companies in which he excelled in business security intelligence, threat identification and risk assessment, integrated security management, investigations, and the management of crises.
Since 2010, he has been an independent security consultant supporting many Russian and multinational companies. In this period, his main activities have been security audits and reviews, investigations and business security due diligence.
Throughput his corporate career, Alexander has been at the forefront of bringing to Russia and the CIS an understanding that, with appropriate development, business integrated security can enable business and enhance corporate reputation and governance, as well as provide traditional protection.