Former Head of Starbucks Security Makes Business Case for All-Hazards Preparedness

Feb 8, 2010, Washington, DC—In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, many security professionals are revisiting their companies’ preparedness for powerful natural and manmade disasters. A new book by Francis D’Addario tries to re-shape readers’ understanding of and appreciation for all-hazards preparedness, both for the organization and the families that depend on it.

In Not a Moment to Lose: Influencing Global Security One Community at a Time, D’Addario draws on his experience as former vice president of Partner and Asset Protection for the Starbucks Coffee Company to make the case that “people-centric organizations” are better able to engage and protect themselves and the communities around them. The book, published by the Security Executive Council, is a compelling read combining personal anecdote with in-depth consideration of issues such as brand reputation, “just in time” preparedness, prioritizing risk mitigation and estimating return on investment. Each chapter includes discussion exercises.

D’Addario is the recipient of the CSO Compass Award, the National Food Service Security Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Spirit of Starbucks award, and he has been recognized as one of the most influential people in security by Security Magazine. He is also a member of the Security Executive Council faculty and a sought-after speaker. D’Addario is credited with leading Starbucks security to a complete alignment with corporate values.

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