Mike Limauro Receives LPM Founders’ Award for Excellence in Leadership

The LPM Founders’ Awards, formerly “Magpie Awards,” recognize the loss prevention professionals, teams, solution providers, law enforcement partners, and others who 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 respect and support. Each of the recipients 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.

“Asset protection leaders must have the ability to inspire and earn trust,” says Limauro. “They should have the courage and willingness to embrace change while leading with loyalty, honesty, and integrity. That is the essence of leadership. But in today’s retail environment, being innovative and creative is key. We must adapt to the evolving culture to most effectively serve our customers and the needs of the business.”

After earning his master’s degree, Limauro began his loss prevention career as a store detective. As he advanced in his career, he worked in a wide range of retail environments, from luxury department store chains to discount retail and supercenter stores, eventually being promoted to director of asset protection. Since then, he has held a number of roles for different retailers at the director and VP levels.

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Mike is currently the vice president of global asset protection at Whole Foods, leading all environmental, occupational safety, and loss prevention efforts in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom. “Establishing the first asset protection team and building the first AP program at Whole Foods would be one of my most memorable accomplishments,” he says. “Whole Foods is unlike any retailer I have ever worked for, and I consider myself fortunate to have been trusted with this opportunity.”

For young leaders working their way up the career ladder, he suggests:

  • Learn every aspect of retail operations so you can “speak the language.” Your ability to earn trust and add value may depend on it.
  • Never decline an opportunity to grow personally, to evolve professionally, or to take on more.
  • Be cognizant of where your success comes from and how you arrived at your current role. It will most likely stem from the talent, hard work, and dedication of your team. Treat them well!

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