The Impact of COVID on Cash

In this episode, we speak with Jim O’Brien, National Manager Security at Linfox Armaguard Pty Ltd and Matt Sykes, General Manager Strategy at Prosegur about the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the use of cash in our economy. What are some of the main myths and misconceptions around the use of cash during COVID-19? Is cash still important, and if so why? And could COVID be the end of cash?

Guest speakers

Jim O’Brien is General Manager Security for Linfox Armaguard Group. A strong leader with a focus on integrity, governance, strategy and innovation, Jim’s role is to oversee the protection of people and assets for Armaguard Group and our customers.

Previously a Detective Inspector for Victoria Police, Jim brings more than 30 years’ expertise leading teams and taskforces in criminal investigations that included organised crime, fraud, homicide and drugs. Jim also represented the state and federal government working group on drug related issues. He has in excess of 10 years’ experience in senior corporate security roles.

Jim is a member of the Forum of Australasian Security Executives, Australian Security Industry Association Limited and the Biometrics Institute. He completed the United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (Quantico Virginia) International Serious Money Laundering and Drug Unit Commanders course, and has a graduate certificate in applied management, and is a graduate of the Australian Federal Police Management of Serious Crime. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Swinburne University in Australia.

Matt Sykes is General Manager, Strategy at Prosegur. Central to Matt’s role is understanding the future trends of cash, what is driving them, and what we as an industry can do in response to them. Informed by this, Matt works closely with the Prosegur product teams to ensure we have solutions that help businesses and consumers alike better access and use cash as a form of payment.



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The podcast duration is 25 minutes and 45 seconds.