Saks Fifth Avenue's
Asset Protection Team
Key Players in Keeping Employees and Guests Safe
The Saks Fifth Avenue store in Boston's Prudential
Center is located only a couple hundred yards away
from the scene of yesterday's horrific explosions
during the Boston Marathon.
Once law enforcement quickly assessed the incident
to be a criminal act, the immediate area was
cordoned off as a crime scene, and Saks Fifth Avenue
was caught in the middle of it all.
Saks Fifth Avenue District Asset Protection Manager
Kevin Lee quickly led the store's leadership team in
executing their emergency response plan, ensuring
the safety of all guests, associates and the
A shelter in place strategy was quickly enacted
while coordinating efforts with local and federal
law enforcement agencies as well as their mall
Upon receiving the "all clear" directive from law
enforcement, a controlled evacuation was executed,
directing associates and guests away from the
The main lobby entrance of the Saks Boston flagship
store was immediately turned into a temporary
command station by a contingent of FBI and Boston
Police Department SWAT and Counter Terrorism
officers, but not until they performed a painstaking
inspection of the store.
Back in New York, Corporate Asset Protection
leadership members led by Rosamaria Sostilio were
able to watch yesterday's incident unfold in real
time from the Company's emergency command center at
its corporate offices in midtown Manhattan.
Utilizing remote video viewing, they were able to
monitor the efforts of their Asset Protection team
and provide direction as needed.
"When you're in the business of mitigating risk, you
always plan for the worst and hope for the best.
Fortunately, we were able to execute our emergency
preparedness plan at our store to ensure the
well-being of our customers and store associates and
provide shelter for so many other innocent people
who sought refuge in our store, taking them out of
harm's way as this horrific incident unraveled. As a
native Bostonian, my heart and prayers go out to all
of the innocent victims and their families who have
been impacted by this tragic event," said Rosamaria
Sostilio, SVP of Asset Protection.