As President and Chief Operating Officer, Oliver Westmacott manages the strategy and direction of GardaWorld International Security Services. Under his direction, the international business has grown tremendously and expanded services throughout the Middle East, North Africa, Asia and Latin America. Oliver pioneered a global risk model and service platform that combines global expertise with local knowledge and cultural awareness. As a result of strong growth and market leadership and expansion, GardaWorld relocated its headquarters from London and Washington, D.C. to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates in 2010.
Oliver joined GardaWorld International Security Services as Managing Director of the company’s operations in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, which he established in 2003 as GardaWorld’s first emerging markets business unit. Forging strong and durable relationships with the Kurdish government and the international oil and gas industry, he quickly grew the operations to become the largest private security provider in the region.
Before joining GardaWorld, Oliver spent several years working in venture capital in London, focused on early stage UK investments in a variety of sectors. In 1999, he co-founded an equities trading software company based in Austin, Texas, and served as Chief Operating Officer, helping to develop a market-leading quote server and web-based trading platform that was later acquired by a leading investment house.
The son of a British diplomat, Oliver was born in Iran, and has lived in East Africa, Europe, the US and Turkey, as well as, over the past 10 years, Iraq and most recently Dubai. He is a graduate of Warwick University with a degree in Politics and French, and is the Founder of Emerging Collection, an investment fund building a collection of works by emerging British artists.