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Mark E. Powers

Food Defense Subject Matter Expert with ABS Group

Mark Powers is a globally experienced corporate security professional with extensive experience in the development and delivery of a full-range of innovative value-added corporate security services.

Powers has been responsible for the strategic identification of risks and development of mitigation strategies, polices, processes and programs for a major food corporation with more than 60,000 employees and over 200 organizationally diverse sites and facilities in North and South America. He has interpreted and delivered Food Defense policies, standards, processes and guidelines to protect corporate and brand reputation for a wide variety of companies. He has also assisted clients in developing programs and procedures to comply with regulations from the United States (U.S.) Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other regulatory authorities. He also led a global launch and implementation of a corporate Global Food Defense program and managed corporate Food Defense program acceptance in North America ensuring organizational compliance with the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act.

Powers is a subject matter expert on Food Defense and has been intimately involved in contributing to the U.S.' Food Defense strategy by serving as a former member of the DHS, Food and Agriculture Sector Coordinating Council (FASCC) and the Co-Vice Chair on the American Society for Industrial Security, Food and Agriculture Committee. Additionally, Powers was a past Advisor to the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) Food Defense Committee.

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