Retail Executive

JAN-FEB 2018

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LP industry luminary Rosamaria Sostilio, VP, LP at Barnes & Noble, explains why loss prevention has changed drastically over the years and what retail executives need to do now to protect their assets. o the loss prevention world, Ro- samaria Sostilio needs no intro- duction. Her impressive career in the field spans more than three decades. Due to her work in her various positions within the asset protection pyramid, her industry leadership roles, including former NRF LP council chair, and her current role as VP of LP at Barnes & Noble, Sostilio is synonymous with LP. Yet, one con- versation with her will prove she is as humble as she is brilliant. See, Sostilio earned her stripes in loss pre- vention at a time when very few women worked in the field. And, while she's keenly aware of this fact, which is fodder for another article altogether, she credits her mentors for having helped her along her path to success. As such, she continues to pay it forward to others look- ing to build a career in loss prevention. Indeed, mentor- ship is a key part of her multifaceted role, because loss prevention looks very different today from what it did when Sostilio began her career in the '80s. From cyber- security to domestic terrorism, Sostilio weighs in on how drastically things have changed in the world of loss prevention and what retail executives need to do now to stay abreast of mounting risks and threats. First of All, LP or AP? Sostilio cut her teeth in retail the same way as most — by taking a job in retail and getting bit by the "retail bug." "You take a job in retail, not thinking you are going to stay in retail, and then something happens," she says. "I really enjoy the fast, dynamic pace. Through various ex- periences, one thing led to another, and I found myself in the security department, which is what it was called in the '80s." From the ground up, Sostilio worked her way through various organizations and became a manager at Saks Fifth Avenue in 1989. Her tenure with Saks lasted until 2016. "I have had every single job in what is now called the Asset Protection Pyramid," she says. Today, as VP of EXECUTIVE Exclusive retail feature By E. Harris THE NEW AGE OF LP RETAILEXECUTIVE.COM JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 14

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