LPM Magpie Awards: Oscar Arango, LPC, Excellence in Leadership

The LP Magazine “Magpie” Awards offer a means to celebrate industry accomplishments on an ongoing basis, recognizing the loss prevention professionals, teams, solution providers, law enforcement partners, and others that demonstrate a stellar contribution to the profession.

The ability to influence change is a product of drive, creativity, and determination, but it also requires a unique ability to create a shared vision that others will understand, respect, support, and pursue. Each Magpie recipient reflects that standard of excellence, representing the quality and spirit of leadership that makes a difference in our lives, our people, and our programs. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our latest honoree.

Excellence in Leadership, Oscar Arango, Vice President of Assets Protection, Target Corporation

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My passion has always been building and developing high performing teams, and I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with and develop some incredibly talented individuals throughout my career,” said Arango. “Over the past few years, my team has navigated unprecedented risk and volatility within our business, all against the backdrop of the challenges of unrest and a pandemic. It is our reaction to these uniquely challenging conditions that I am most proud of.

“A few years ago, we set out to approach the work we do differently—we recognized that people, guests, and team members alike are facing unique challenges every day,” he explained. “We set out to lead with humanity, connecting with our teams and even our most challenging guests in a fundamentally different way. This has led to a movement across our AP teams in stores and supply chain, completely redefining the role we can play to make people’s lives just a little bit better. By connecting with our team members and the broader community in meaningful, authentic, and inclusive ways and leading with empathy and humility, we not only improve the guest experience, we also help bring Target’s mission to bring joy for all families to life.”

When building a career, Arango emphasizes the importance of not becoming dismayed by the twists and turns that can happen along the way. “Whatever your desired path may be, know that it may come with a fork in the road or with a left turn you didn’t anticipate. Finally, be a good human being—be real and connect with people in authentic ways. Go out of your way to get to know your teams at all levels. If you do this, good things will come your way.”

For more about Arango and Target, see “Attracting and Developing Diverse Talent.”

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