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ASIS International appoints new president

by Brian Sims

Former military investigator Richard Widup Jr, has assumed as the new ASIS International (ASIS) president in the USA. He is the 59th president of ASIS, an organisation for security management professionals worldwide. Widup, who currently serves as senior director, corporate security for Purdue Pharma, LP, joined ASIS in 2000 and the ASIS CSO Roundtable, an exclusive forum for senior security professionals, in 2008. ” The security profession is evolving at an incredible pace and will continue to do so. ASIS is focused on developing and delivering the knowledge and professional development resources that security practitioners require to protect and secure people, property and information,” says Widup.” Beyond meeting potential rising gaps in knowledge and skill sets, my hope is to expand and strengthen ASIS offerings in the area of leadership and business management, which I view as critical to security practitioners achieving the greatest degree of success moving forward.” In 2001, before joining Purdue, Widup joined Pfizer Global Security as the director, Americas Region. At Pfizer he had responsibility for all security related matters in the Western Hemisphere, including oversight of brand protection matters involving the counterfeiting, tampering theft and diversion of Pfizer products. He is now responsible for brand protection related matters in his current position within Purdue Pharma, LP, where he has been employed since 2005. Widup has 27 years of law enforcement experience, previously serving as a special agent with the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) and with the Office of Criminal Investigations for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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