Our Senior Guardian Leadership


Our established Guardians have the most experience in the industry, bringing you a wealth of expertise to solve your global HR requirements. We are a team of passionate professionals on a journey to becoming the principal global payroll and global employment outsourcing provider worldwide.

Bjorn Reynolds
Founder & Chief Executive Officer


As the Founder and CEO (or as we affectionately call him, Chief Guardian) of SafeGuard World, Bjorn is the driving force behind the company’s vision, strategy, and culture. His commitment to Service Excellence and the success of our clients and our employees is an inspiration to the company and of paramount importance to him personally. The result is continued product innovation and driving the company’s vision to provide smart solutions to help our clients compete globally. Bjorn has been recognized in Payroll World’s Top 50, as a “Game Changer” by Workforce magazine, and been nominated as EY’s “Entrepreneur of the Year”.

John Giles
Executive Director


John is an industry veteran with more than 40 years of experience in payroll outsourcing. After serving SafeGuard World as our original Chief Operating Officer, he continues to provide his expertise and guidance as Executive Director and Board Member. In this advisory capacity, he assists us in ensuring continued Service Excellence and Corporate Governance.

Neil Carpenter
Chief Revenue Officer


Neil is a long-standing member of the Leadership team and is responsible for SafeGuard World’s sales strategy and execution and driving revenue for the business across the Global Managed Payroll and Global Workforce Solutions divisions. He remains committed to building long-term client relationships and providing world-class solutions that can adapt and evolve with clients’ ever-changing global business environment.

Tristan Woods
Chief Strategy Officer


Tristan has been a driving force in almost all areas of SafeGuard World through the years, including operations, implementation, the development of our UnityTM platform and award- winning employee portal, solution consultancy and design. He remains passionate about all things payroll and helping our clients find pragmatic solutions to real global business challenges through deep understanding of how to help our clients navigate the changing global payroll landscape while strategically leveraging their workforce data.

Andy Hart
Chief Technology Officer


As SafeGuard World’s Chief Technology Officer, Andy is responsible for our overall technology strategy, direction, and execution. Andy has more than 20 years of experience in leading software development and information technology strategy. Andy’s expertise helps to drive the continuous improvement of SafeGuard World’s award-winning Unity® platform and various other technology solutions that Guardians and clients rely on daily.

Brett Knights
Chief Operating Officer


Brett is another industry veteran with 25 years of experience managing payroll, both on the client and vendor side. Brett leads all areas of operations for SafeGuard World’s services, including client implementation, global service delivery, client relationship management, partner management, and continual improvement teams. Skilled in assessing and enacting organizational structures and governance that reduce risk while improving the quality of HR and payroll services, Brett is committed to continuing the long-term, trusting relationships we develop with all our clients and creating an efficient operating environment.

Ryan Schooler
Chief Financial Officer


Ryan has more than 20 years of developing and implementing strategic initiatives that support growth and profitability for entrepreneurial organizations and global enterprises. He uses his experience to develop and implement profitability initiatives that support SafeGuard World’s aggressive growth projections and long-term stability.

Katherine Loranger
VP, Global HR


Katherine leads SafeGuard World’s people strategy, operations, and development. With 15 years of experience, she provides strategic human resource planning to ensure we can hire the best talent available and positions SafeGuard World as an employer of choice within our industry. Covering SafeGuard World’s six offices around the world, Katherine promotes a culture of innovation, accountability, and culture of service.