We are celebrating a milestone birthday: 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of our company, Result Group. On this occasion, I have been asked time and time again how everything began and how we became what we are. Reason enough for a retrospective – combined with pride in what we have achieved together.
Like me, many of you will remember the hijacking of the Lufthansa aircraft Landshut in 1977. When Palestinian terrorists tried to free RAF members imprisoned in Germany, the GSG 9 pulled off a spectacular coup: at the airport in Mogadishu, they were able to free all the still-living hostages from the plane unharmed. For me as an adolescent, that was a formative event. The professionalism of the work of special police units impressed me so much, that my career aspirations were set. And indeed: not too many years later, I was part of it myself.
During my more than 20 years of service in the police, I gained extensive experience in dealing with kidnappings, extortion and the fight against violent crime. I got to know the government side as well as the needs and hardships of potential and actual victims. And it did not escape my notice that already back in those days, companies of all sizes indeed were urgently but all too often unsuccessfully seeking professional crisis counselling. The interest covered criminal attacks against those companies in general, but focused especially on the aim of preventing specific risks that business activities abroad entail. This gave rise to the idea of not only advising companies and private individuals at risk with experienced specialists at the highest level, but also effectively protecting those at risk at every turn, if necessary. Since then, many excellently trained colleagues, who had to leave the special units at the age of about 40 for reasons of age, have found a new fulfilling sphere of activity with Result Group.
From today’s perspective, we fulfilled our first assignments in a rather shirt-sleeved manner. There was no stationery office space (well, apart from the basement in my apartment building), no business cards and certainly not a website. But the first employees, all of them former colleagues who were friends of mine, were full of enthusiasm for the job and they all really enjoyed it.
I myself went from being a civil servant to an entrepreneur almost overnight. Word of the quality of our work spread quickly and Result Group began to grow steadily. It soon became clear that we needed not only a proper office, but also professional administration. So we moved into our first real business premises in the Munich suburb of Grünwald with new staff for secretarial and accounting work, and strengthened ourselves bit by bit with additional security experts. It was a foregone conclusion that Result Group would always be the first choice for corporate clients when it came to risk prevention and crisis management. Today, after 25 years of hard work with highly motivated teams, we have achieved this goal and so much more.
Result Group has now successfully fulfilled thousands of mandates, and with our three business divisions Corporate, Government and Private Security Solutions we have global expert capabilities. Whether it is product extortion in Europe, the kidnapping of expats in Central America, industrial espionage in China or merchant ships hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia – Result Group is there for its clients around the clock, 365 days a year. This is made possible on the one hand by our valued clients and on the other hand by our excellent employees and their families. They all deserve my highest respect and sincere appreciation.
Walfried O. Sauer
Founder & Owner of Result Group GmbH