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Chris Nelson


Vice President, Global Loss Prevention
Gap Inc.
Chris creates and leads the strategy and team that protects Old Navy, North America's second-largest specialty apparel brand operating 1200 stores, staffed by 57,000 employees in the US, Canada, and Mexico, generating $8B in annual sales.

Chris has a diverse 30-year public and private sector Loss Prevention/Law Enforcement background. He started his career as a commissioned officer in the US Army's Military Police Corp. A combat veteran, Chris led and trained Military Police units in South Korea, several US locations, and Mogadishu, Somalia during the Somalian conflict.

He transitioned his career to the private sector with Target Corporations Assets Protection team. Chris developed innovative training and tactics including some of the pioneering Organized Retail Crime (ORC) teams and task forces; remote monitoring centralized investigative centers; and the first-ever private sector forensics lab serving both Retail and Law Enforcement needs.

He moved to Gap Inc. as the Senior Director of LP for Banana Republic and ultimately into his current role at Old Navy. He created a track record of building strong teams, innovation, and integration with the core business to achieve significant financial improvements and create a safe and secure store environment.

Chris is an active member of the community highlighted by his work with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), where he is on the National Board of Directors. He is proud to lead Old Navy's efforts to support the NCMEC, including Safety Day events that have raised over $3M, the delivery of child safety education, and support of the "Hope bag" initiative to help victims of exploitation. In 2018, Chris and the Old Navy team were awarded the Hope Award from NCMEC. Chris was honored with the NRF LP Volunteers in Action Award in 2015.

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Wednesday Sep 23
11:00 - 11:45 AM

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