The Loss Prevention Foundation announced that Britt Wood resigned as president of the organization to accept another position, which was not disclosed.
â€œBritt started with the foundation in November 2006 and was very instrumental in its creation. Everyone associated with the foundation wishes him the best,â€ according to Frank Johns, Chairman of the groupâ€™s Board of Directors and vice president of loss prevention at Office Depot. Gene Smith, currently serving as vice president of the foundation, will assume the role of Interim President.
Smith joined the Foundation in January 2007 after serving as President of Downing & Downing, the industryâ€™s largest executive search firm and human resource solutions provider. Smith was with Downing & Downing for over fifteen years. Prior to that, Smith spent twelve years in the retail Loss prevention industry, including six years in various directorships and two years as a loss prevention training manager.
Wood along with Rhett Asher, who both served in positions at the Retail Industry Leaders Association, got the The Loss Prevention Foundation up and running. It was launched in November 2006 to oversee and manage a loss prevention certification program. The program is comprised of two initiatives, LPCqualified, for novice loss prevention employees, and LPCertified for senior leaders.