By Erin Harris, editor-in-chief
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.
To the loss prevention world, Rosamaria Sostilio needs no introduction. 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 conversation with her will prove she is as humble as she is brilliant. See, Sostilio earned her stripes in loss prevention 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 looking to build a career in loss prevention. Indeed, mentorship 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 cybersecurity 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.