Richard “Rich” Widup is the Global Corporate Security Director for Reckitt, one of the world’s leading health & hygiene companies. Employing more than 40,000 people across the world, Reckitt has operations in more than 60 countries around the globe. Formerly the Associate Director for Mead Johnson Nutrition. Rich’s remit today is the development of effective strategies and programs to assess and mitigate risks, manage crises and incidents, maintain continuity of operations and safeguard the organization’s people, products, assets and reputation. Prior to joining Mead Johnson, he was Senior Director, Corporate Security at Purdue Pharma L.P. While at Purdue he was responsible for brand protection matters where he pioneered innovative strategies and programs to protect Purdue’s brands as well as to reduce the incidences of pharmacy crime. Before joining Purdue, Richard was the Director, Americas Region for Pfizer Global Security. 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.
Mr. 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). While at FDA, Richard investigated offenses that involved violations of federal law, to include the counterfeiting, diversion and tampering of foods and medicines. He also supervised FDA’s polygraph program and served as the FDA-OCI representative on the Permanent Forum on International Pharmaceutical Crime, an international law enforcement network established to develop and exchange information regarding the challenges associated with global pharmaceutical counterfeiting.
Rich is a Past President and former Chairman of the Board for ASIS International, the world’s largest organization dedicated to the advancement of security training, standards and certifications. Prior to his Presidency, Rich served on the ASIS Board of Directors, as a Council Vice President and as Chair of the Transportation Security Council. Rich currently serves on the ASIS International Food Defense and Agriculture Security Council. This Council is responsible for helping to develop best practices and programs to support food and agriculture safety and security.
A graduate of the Advanced Detective Training course at Scotland Yard, he also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science degree in Public Administration.