On Wednesday, April 13th, attendees at the Retail Industry Leaders Association’s Loss Prevention, Auditing, and Safety Conference will hear from a CFO who has first-hand experience in dealing with retail loss prevention both as an executive and “on the floor.” Neil Watanabe, CFO and Executive Vice-President for Anna’s Linens actually started his career as a “floater” at a department store chain. For those who may not know what a “floater” is, it is an employee who goes around and relieves other employees so they can go on their break. As a result, a floater is working in the shoe department one minute, the housewares department a few minutes later, and then might finish up in the jewelry department. According to Watanabe, this was the starting point for him to learn about the various departments in the store and learn to become a well-rounded employee.
Since that humble beginning, Watanabe has moved on to be a senior executive with several leading retailers and has a reputation for being a strong supporter of Loss Prevention. “I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Loss Prevention and believe they can contribute greatly to any retailer’s success,” Watanabe told me when I had a chance to speak with him last week about this session. In this session, he will share his insights about what being a well-rounded business executive means to him and how Loss Prevention executives can improve their influence with their own organization. He will also share some case studies where he will give some real-life examples of how he has approached Loss Prevention challenges in his career.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from an executive who understands our business and wants us to be successful! This general session starts at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
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