Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced today that Garth Gasse has
joined the association as Director of Retail Operations, Asset Protection and
Lisa LaBruno has been promoted to Senior Vice President for Retail Operations.
LaBruno joined RILA in 2010 as Vice President for Loss Prevention and Legal
Affairs. In her new capacity, LaBruno will oversee RILA’s operational efforts,
which bring together executives from across the retail enterprise, including
supply chain and asset protection, to address challenges and advance the retail
industry. LaBruno will also play a major role in the planning of RILA’s
educational and networking conferences. She will report to Jenny Keehan, RILA’s
executive vice president for member services.
to joining RILA, LaBruno served for eight years as senior in-house attorney at
The Home Depot. At The Home Depot, LaBruno also served as the primary legal adviser
in matters related to criminal and unethical conduct by employees, customers
and suppliers. She provided day-to-day guidance to field operations, and
designed, developed and wrote loss prevention standard operating procedures and
to The Home Depot, LaBruno was a corporate litigation attorney at the
Archdiocese of Newark (New Jersey), Assistant Prosecutor in the Hudson County
(New Jersey) Prosecutor’s Office and Associate Attorney at Hannoch Weisman.
Lisa also served as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University.
“Lisa’s experience and deep understanding of the challenges that
retailers face make her uniquely suited to providing our members with the
resources and support they expect from RILA,” said
RILA President Sandy Kennedy.
Gasse joins RILA following 14 years with Toys R Us/Babies R Us, most recently
as Regional Asset Protection Manager. In his new role Gasse will work with loss
prevention executives from across the retail industry to identify common
challenges and leading practices. Gasse will report to Lisa LaBruno.
25 year retail veteran, Gasse has served in a variety of positions within the
Toys R Us and Babies R Us overseeing loss prevention activities at stores
throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic region. While with the company, his
districts of responsibility were continually placed in the top 10 shrink
results by posting below 1% each year. Prior to joining Toys R Us/Babies R Us,
Gasse worked as a Security Investigator for Victoria’s Secret Stores and was
the Regional Loss Prevention Representative for CVS Pharmacy.
“Garth’s prior work with issues, such as organized retail crime,
combined with his wide range of experience in loss prevention within the retail
sector make him a great fit for our organization,” said
prevention is critically important to our members and we are delighted to
expand the resources and expertise available to them in this area.”
officially joined RILA on January 2.
is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail
companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers,
and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in
annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores,
manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.