Former Loss Prevention Professional Named CEO and President at Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc.

Will Powell

Editor’s Note: As one of LP Magazine’s top articles of 2015, this story draws attention to the advancement of the opportunities within loss prevention industry– and the importance of celebrating our career abilities and accomplishments.

We often talk about how the role of loss prevention has evolved, and how we have the opportunity to take our professional careers in a wide array of possible directions based on our individual talents, abilities, and aspirations. Our ability as loss prevention professionals to influence change and make a difference in the retail community is only bound by our own ambitions, and the diversity of our experience can add value beyond our current roles and titles. When those who have shared our experiences as members of the loss prevention community provide us with these examples, there is an obligation to take notice.

Will Powell was recently named CEO and president at Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc., a position that he achieved after serving for the past three years as chief operating officer. Will joined Sears Holdings Corporation in 2003 as director of loss prevention operations, and has held positions with increasing responsibility. He moved from loss prevention to become division vice president of Sears Dealer Stores in 2005, VP and general manager of Sears Outlet Stores in 2007, and SVP and president of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores in 2008 prior to his promotion to chief operating officer in 2012.

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Will has always maintained a diverse career path. After climbing the retailer ladder and serving as a store manager with Builder’s Square, he moved into a regional loss prevention manager position. He then moved to OfficeMax as director of corporate and distribution loss prevention in 1997. In 1999 he joined Things Remembered as director of sales and operations, and served as senior director of distribution and e-commerce prior to joining Sears. He holds a bachelor of science in business administration with concentration in finance and management from the University of Richmond – Robins School of Business.

Will has always brought an open mind, a great attitude, and a tremendous approach to his career, and is a terrific example for all of us as we move down our own loss prevention career path. His diverse experiences and expertise will surely continue to strengthen his leadership. Regardless of our own goals and where that may lead us, we should all pause to celebrate these achievements and consider the possibilities that exist for our own aspirations.

Congratulations, Will!