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Watch this space for updates on next year’s Retail Risk – New York conference, we will feature keynote presentations from some very influential individuals.

An introduction from our Chair: Christopher McDonald, Vice President of Loss Prevention, Compass Group, NAD
Welcome to Retail Risk – New York 2017.

It is my pleasure to introduce myself as this year’s Chair for Retail Risk – New York.

More about Christopher…

Christopher McDonald is the Senior Vice President of Loss Prevention for Compass Group, NAD. Compass Group is the world leader in commercial food and hospitality services. With over 10,000 accounts and $24B in annual sales McDonald oversees multiple aspects of all loss prevention efforts within the company. Previous to Compass, McDonald oversaw loss prevention efforts at companies such as Dollar General, Toys R’ Us, and Babies R’ Us, as well as being a part of LP teams at Office Depot and Hartmarx Retail group. With over 20 years in the industry, he serves on the Editorial Board for Loss Prevention Magazine, as well as holding a seat on the board of the International Association of Interviews (IAI). He is a published author and has numerous other industry affiliations all focused on driving education and professional standards within the loss prevention industry. McDonald is a graduate of the University of Georgia and resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

How adidas negotiated the data mining “minefield”: Ken Bohnert, Senior Manager Profit Protection – Global Investigations Operations, adidas Group

ken_bohnert_300pxHow do you choose the right data mining tool? How do you roll it out across your estate most effectively and with the minimum disruption? And what previously unforeseen challenges are you likely to face?

Ken Bohnert of adidas explains the steps they took to choose and roll out their data mining capability on a global basis. This frank account of the challenges they faced, both during and after implementation, together with the real life examples of the successes they have had, provides invaluable insight for all retailers; whatever stage of the data mining journey they are presently at.

The presentation also provides a tantalising peep “under the bonnet” of how one of the world’s leading brands determines and implements a global risk and loss prevention strategy. This is a shining example of retailers openly sharing experiences for the common good.

The Loss Prevention crystal ball – what does the future hold? An executive panel discussion


Gregg Smith – Sr. Director, Asset Protection, Five Below

Matthew J. Haughton – Assistant Vice President-Corporate Security, L’Oreal USA

Chad McIntosh – VP of LP & Risk Management, Bloomingdale’s

Brand L. Elverston – Elverston, LLC

Join us for an engaging and interactive conversation with a diverse panel of industry leaders to discuss their current roles and how the industry has changed since their entry into loss prevention. Chad McIntosh, Matthew Haughton, Gregg Smith and Brand Elverston bring decades of experience in the loss prevention industry, their diverse backgrounds, and their personal ‘life’ lessons to a discussion on how they’ve seen loss prevention roles change over their careers and where they believe the future of the industry is headed. With more technology, the proliferation of ‘do more with less’ and expanding roles and responsibilities – what will the role of a loss prevention executive look like in 2027? Whether you are a seasoned executive or looking to find some mentor-advise to grow your career, this is a not-to-be-missed discussion that will offer you insights to apply to your career tool box.

The new live and interactive Global Risk Survey comes to New York: Paul Bessant, founder, Retail Knowledge

Be among the first to take part – and benefit from – the Survey. Since 2011 Retail Knowledge’s surveys of retailers primarily in the US, UK and Australia have become an indispensable tool for the industry to benchmark operations and find practical ways to beat fraudsters. Now the survey is going global, real time and widening its remit to cover the risk arena – to produce the most timely, accurate and relevant material ever available on all aspects of retail risk.

Using latest polling technology, the survey canvasses information from delegates at the conference and  publishes the results in real time at the event. The material is then compiled into a detailed report.

Designing a global data platform from the unknown: Ardita Halili, Global Loss Prevention Analyst, Swarovski

In her presentation Ardita demonstrates how she has taken a combination of data used in other areas of the business, converting it into a global LP framework from store level to executive level. Her focus is on proactively highlighting profit erosion, non-compliance and fraud/theft, as well as providing supporting data to enable effective performance improvement in each market across all brands.

More about Ardita…

Ardita Halili joined Swarovski in 2014, where she is responsible for the development, tracking and forecasting of financial data with specific focus on proactively highlighting profit erosion, non-compliance and fraud/theft, as well as providing supporting data to enable effective performance improvement in each market across all brands.

Ardita has many years of experience from a financial analyst background, whilst achieving a BA (Hons) in Business Management and part qualification in CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants). In her most recent role at The Carphone Warehouse, she worked as a Senior Financial Analyst for UK and Europe.

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