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Rune Venaas Named President of
ASSA ABLOY Hospitality, Inc.

 
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DALLAS — Oct. 9, 2008 — ASSA ABLOY Hospitality, Inc., the world leader in hotel security technology with headquarters in Richardson, Texas, has named Rune Venaas president. In this role, Venaas will be responsible for all activity in North America for the hospitality industry’s leading security brands: VingCard electronic locking system solutions for hotels; Elsafe UL-listed hotel safes; and TimeLox security solutions for gaming properties and other large resorts. 

“I am pleased to announce Rune’s new role at ASSA ABLOY Hospitality,” said Tim Shea, president and CEO of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality, Inc. “Having been with our company since 1991, Rune brings a wealth of experience to the role that will surely prove valuable as he directs our leading security brands in the United States and Canada.” 

Most recently, Venaas served as managing director of Iberica and vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean with the company’s Europe/Middle East/Asia/Latin America (EMEA/LA) organization, based in Barcelona, Spain. In his new role, he will continue to support the Latin American and Caribbean region in addition to his responsibilities in North America. 

Venaas has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina and a degree in economy and administration from HDH in Norway. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, in addition to his native Norwegian. 

For more information about the ASSA ABLOY Hospitality brands in North America, please visit www.vingcard.com, www.elsafe.com and www.timelox.com
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About ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Inc. North America
The world leader in hotel security technology, ASSA ABLOY Hospitality has products installed in more than 35,000 properties worldwide, securing more than 6 million hotel rooms. The ASSA ABLOY Group, a publicly listed company, is a world leader in security and hospitality systems. The North American division of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality brings three security brands to hotels throughout the United States and Canada, including VingCard (www.vingcard.com) electronic locking system solutions, Elsafe (www.elsafe.com) UL-listed (1037) hotel safe series, and TimeLox (www.timelox.com) security solutions for gaming properties and other large resorts. 

 
Contact:

Karin Melrose for TimeLox
Tel: +1 (713) 831-6813
kmelrose@mbapr.com

Morgan Field for TimeLox
Tel: +1 (214) 521-8596
mfield@mbapr.com

Riise Walker
Marketing Supervisor
VingCard, Elsafe, TimeLox 
Tel: +1 (972) 692-3167
rwalker@vcegroup.com
 

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