Leadership Solutions


Sean Dettloff

Emeritus Faculty, Security Executive Council

Sean has had a career in retail operations, loss prevention and global corporate and supply chain security spanning more than 18 years, holding senior security leadership roles with global brands Starbucks Coffee and Amazon.com. Sean has a proven track record of building and scaling global security programs to address contemporary industry compliance requirements within an all hazards risk environment, to include subject matter expertise in supply chain security programs such as Customers Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and Food Defense, Physical Security Systems and Global Security Ops Centers.

Sean has operational experience on 5 continents to include North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Sean led Starbucks supply chain security program where he was intimately involved with C-TPAT and Food Defense during its early years of adoption, to include partnering with industry and government through various iterations of import security policy technology trials with RFID and GPS technologies as well as participating with prototype Container Security Device (CSD) technologies within Central America trade lanes with DHS office of Science and Technology. Sean is well versed in technology solutions, having led Starbucks Global Security Systems team, responsible for both retail and corporate CCTV, intrusion and access control systems; as well as retail loss prevention tools to include POS exception reporting platforms and incident reporting databases. Sean most recently head up the Global Corporate Security team at Amazon.com, responsible for security operations at worldwide corporate offices, labs and HQs to include the Amazon world headquarters in Seattle, WA.

Sean is a Certified Protection Professional, Certified Fraud Examiner and Licensed Private Investigator whose other certifications include Food Defense Coordinator, Handwriting Content Analysis, Interview/Interrogation and Executive Protection. Sean is a graduate of the ISMA Georgetown Security Management program.

Some of Sean’s career highlights include successfully leading Starbucks through multiple C-TPAT and Food Defense certifications in 2003, 2006 and 2009, participating in DHS Operation Safe Commerce technology trials in 2004 and 2005. Sean has had several whitepapers and articles published in various trade publications to include Center for Strategic and International Studies, Security Solutions and ID World. Sean has had numerous speaking engagements to include acting as a main program speaker at the DHS US Customs 2011 C-TPAT conference. Sean received the CSO Magazine 2008 “NEXT” award promoting up and coming security industry leaders, as well as Starbucks leader of the quarter award in 2004 for his work on supply chain security as well as the Spirit of Starbucks award in 2011 for the operational savings the Security Systems team brought to US Retail operations.

In Their Own Words

Watch Sean Dettloff discuss the importance of aligning security with business objectives: http://www.securityinfowatch.com/video/12208899/video-the-importance-of-aligning-security-with-business-objectives