Guardhat in Detroit Launches Advisory Board, Appoints First Members

Florian Budde, David Sutherland headshots
Florian Budde, David Sutherland

Guardhat, a pioneer of end-to-end connected worker solutions headquartered in Detroit, has launched an advisory board to extend access to expertise across product, partnership development, regional expansion, employee recruitment, and announced the first two members: Florian Budde and David Sutherland.

Budde and Sutherland are both authorities in their field. The board will be comprised of experts from industrial tech sectors and will help Guardhart further develop, embed, and promote its connected worker technology.

Budde is a former senior partner at McKinsey & Co., where he built the firm’s global chemicals practice and led it for eight years. He also led the firm’s global energy and materials practice, which operates in the oil, gas, power, metals, mining, and chemicals industries.

“I have no doubt that chemical operations will invest in a more digitally connected and empowered frontline workforce,” says Budde. “This is a given, considering the goals and needs these companies have around transformation. “But that doesn’t mean adoption at scale will be without its challenges. How quickly and effectively this transition occurs depends on worker acceptance and privacy considerations.”

Sutherland currently serves as chairman of the board of U.S. Steel and is the former president and CEO of IPSCO Inc., a leading north American steel producer. He is also a former chairman of the American Iron and Steel Institute and served as a member of the board for IPSCO Inc.

“I’ve spent my career in hazardous industrial sectors – steel, oil and transportation – but always with organizations that valued and invested in safety above all else,” says Sutherland. “Even those companies with the best safety records need and want to do more. We want every to worker go home safe.

“I joined the Guardhat advisory board because I believe the company’s technology is revolutionary for safety. Guardhat makes it possible to not only better identify and respond to hazards and risk, but actually prevent and even predict incidents before they occur, while offering functionality that makes work easier for individual workers and improve productivity, quality, and site safety to drive dollars to the bottom line.”

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