David Johnston

VP, Asset Protection & Retail Operations

David Johnston is vice president of asset protection and retail operations for the National Retail Federation. In his role, he leads initiatives and member programs focused on asset protection and store operations, facilitating engagement across the industry and promoting best practices and policy initiatives around crime, violence, loss and issues challenging the profitability of retail store operations.

With over three decades of loss prevention and corporate security expertise, Johnston’s experience includes senior roles with global organizations as a practitioner, consultant and solution provider. His experience has afforded him opportunities to engage with many of today’s leading retail, grocery and food service brands across a variety of functions that include asset protection, global security, and digital and ecommerce fraud. He regularly speaks at industry and professional events in support of advocacy and industry issues.

Johnston has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in security studies from the University of Massachusetts.

Addressing a polycrisis environment of theft, threats and risks
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Addressing the elephant in the room on organized retail crime
A retail security alarm system.
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The reality of retail shrink
Shopping detectors
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