GTL Announces Plan for Management Change

CEO Brian Oliver to retire and assume advisory role to the GTL board


Reston, Virginia – January 24, 2018GTL, today announced that CEO Brian Oliver will retire and remain with the company as an advisor to the GTL Board of Directors. Oliver will continue in his present role as CEO and work with the GTL board and leadership team to plan and execute a transition to his replacement.

“This is the right time to ‘hand over the reins’ to the company’s new set of leaders,” Oliver said. “Because we have worked hard to build out a strong management team, I am confident that GTL is well-equipped to succeed. The best years for the company are in the future, and it is time for the next generation of leaders to take GTL forward.”

GTL’s CEO since 2004, Oliver has led the company through many successes – including consistent customer and revenue growth, a leadership role in the development of patented and patent-pending technologies, and recognition as a best-in-class provider of secure communications solutions. Oliver has also guided the company to many firsts in the industry, including the first web-based inmate telephone platform and the first wireless tablet designed specifically for the corrections environment.

Oliver led the GTL acquisition of San Francisco-based Telmate in August 2017, extending GTL’s leading role as a provider of wireless tablets to correctional communications, promoting operational efficiency, and bringing a world of connections and educational offerings to inmates. Prior to that, Oliver enhanced GTL’s education solutions through the acquisition of Nashville-based IDS in January 2017, which added education professionals, content, and methodology to help prepare inmates for re-entry and reduce recidivism.

“I am very grateful to the many GTL colleagues who helped us realize significant achievements during my time as their leader,” said Oliver. “They have helped guide this company through a period of tremendous growth and transformation. I am confident the management team is well-positioned to execute our plans to take GTL to greater heights in new domains.”

As a part of the executive transition plan, GTL announced that President Jeff Haidinger will also retire from the company. Haidinger’s responsibilities will be transitioned to other members of the GTL executive team.


About GTL
GTL leads the fields of correctional technology, education, and government payment services with visionary solutions and customized products that integrate seamlessly to deliver security, financial value, and operational efficiencies while aiding inmate rehabilitation and reducing recidivism rates. With the recent acquisition of Telmate, GTL has strengthened its suite of solutions for the corrections industry and expanded its community corrections portfolio with Telmate Guardian, a smartphone-based GPS monitoring solution. As a trusted industry leader, GTL provides services to over 2 million inmates in more than 2,500 correctional facilities in the United States and Canada, including 33 U.S. departments of corrections, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and many large city/county/provincial facilities. GTL is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, with an employee presence throughout North America. To learn more about GTL, please visit or our social media sites on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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GTL Announces Plan for Management Change

In the push to reduce the recidivism rate, correctional facilities are moving away from a traditional layout to one that is designed for inclusiveness and keeping inmates engaged with outside society. Studies have shown that maintaining a support structure is a key component to keeping inmates on the right path to successful reintegration into society after release. In Australia, a new maximum security prison opened this year that includes no cells. Instead, inmates are housed in dormitory-style accommodations with 25 inmates in 16 ‘pods’ that offer more access to education, entertainment, and communication with friends and families. This novel move seeks to enhance inmates’ daily lives by making these services more accessible and improve re-integration into society. Inmates have access to technology that connects them with friends and family members, news, books, movies, education, games, and more. They are required to work for up to five hours during the day and pursue education and other programs in the remaining time. This progressive approach aligns with GTL’s vision of technology and education being available to every inmate. “GTL has the technology portfolio to enable correctional facilities to execute their strategies,” said Gad Tobaly, President, GTL International. “Whether those strategies are similar to the open-plan jail approach or focus on a more traditional environment, we offer the innovations to help facilities become safer and more secure while providing inmates with access to programs that improve their lives during and after incarceration.” GTL creates new technologies and advocates for tablets, education, and other programs to help reduce recidivism rates. “These new facilities highlight the need for technology in corrections,” said Eric Gonzalez, Executive Director, Technology and Implementation Services. “Today’s inmates are digital natives, having grown up in the age of computers, cell phones, tablets, and more. It is only logical that providing them with technology and programs to learn and better themselves through those access points is the direction that corrections is taking.” As part of GTL’s ongoing mission to keep our offerings in line with global corrections trends, the company will once again be a sponsor at the International Corrections & Prisons Association (ICPA) Annual Conference. This year’s conference is being held at the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain in Montreal, Canada. The conference theme of “Beyond Prisons: The Way Forward” will draw discussion on the underpinning philosophies, strategic direction, policies, and practices being instituted across the globe. More than 500 delegates from over 70 countries attend this prestigious conference. GTL and two collaborating organizations will present on two topics that relate to the use of technology in aiding the corrections and criminal justice systems. “Transforming the Inmate Environment: How and Why Facilities are Implementing Tablet Programs” will discuss how technology is used to humanize correctional efforts and will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd at 11:00 a.m. in Maisonneuve A Room. “Virtual-Enabled Justice: Delivering Swifter Outcomes and Improved Victim and Witness Experience” will discuss the use of technology to create ‘virtual courts’ that fuel efficiency, safety, and security, and will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd at 3:30 p.m. in Maisonneuve A Room. To learn more about our technology solutions, contact GTL today.