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February 21, 2024 - Virtual Meeting
The True Impact & Challenges of Organized Retail Crime
This is a free virtual event. A web invite will be sent to attendees.

We have all seen the brazen videos and news reports of mob thefts and smash & grab events. As concerning as those events may be, they are the tip of the iceberg with today's retail theft; specifically organized retail crime (ORC). This conversation will explain the depth of ORC across the retail industry, in-store and online theft vectors, and the true impact ORC has on our national economy. Learn what brought us to the brink of retail chaos and the much-needed approach to curb this criminal epidemic.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
8:30am - 9:30am



David Johnston - Vice President, Asset Protection & Retail Operations National Retail Federation

David Johnston is Vice President of Asset Protection & Retail Operations for the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association. In his role, David leads member advocacy, content and educational programs, member initiatives and industry engagements in aspects involving loss prevention, store operations and enterprise security risk. He also serves as the NRF’s subject matter expert and spokesperson involving areas of crime, violence, theft and fraud that impacts retail profitability, safety and security.

With more than three decades of retail asset protection experience, David’s career has been split between positions as a practitioner, solution provider and consultant across various retail segments. Prior to joining the NRF in November 2022, David led the global security, loss prevention and digital fraud functions for a multi-branded restaurant company spanning 32K locations across 65 countries.

David believes in serving and supporting the retail industry, being engaged across many industry and professional organizations. He is a former board member and past president of the Restaurant Loss Prevention & Security Association (RLPSA), member of ASIS, and current board advisor for the Loss Prevention Research Council. He also supports future professionals as an advisor to his local high school’s Criminal Justice Vocational Program. David believes that collaboration, partnerships and engagement bring continued growth and evolution to our profession and the industry.

Born, raised and residing in Massachusetts with his wife and two adult children, David is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a M.A. in Security Studies, focusing on industrial and economic global security.