I have a lot of empathy for our Executive Programs staff who plan these events. Specifically,I wonder how they manage to find the right speakers for the right time of day. Take the first session after lunch. Attendees come from a sun-drenched veranda into the main hall for an hour-long discussion. It better be good or there\u2019ll be some serious snoozing. But David Burrill, CSO of British American Tobacco, had little trouble fending off his colleagues\u2019 somnolence in his post-lunch session, Security as a Business Enabler. "I\u2019m conscious of the fact that I\u2019ve drawn the after-lunch session," Burrill, a Brit, joked. "Feel free to nap. However, if you snore, you\u2019ll be evicted."Burrill delivered a high-level talk--laced with edgy humor, some of which was not a perfect fit for this forum (you\u2019ll have to ask a colleague who was here)--about how BAT is organized for security and how he hopes that, even after he retires next year, the function will continue to grow. His goal: Have a BATCSO on the board within ten years, something that hasn\u2019t happened yet, he says, because he has not successfully convinced his bosses that he\u2019s worthy.Burrill is overly self-critical that way. "I\u2019m never satisfied with anything I do. Never ever," he said. In fact, he\u2019s been extremely successful at BAT\u2019s CSO, managing a huge, well-organized security function that includes 85 security managers and many more staff. He shared the company\u2019s security structure and its transformation with the attendees. His philosophy, Burrill says, was "born in 1992," when he left the British Army (military intelligence) and joined British American Tobacco. It "came of age in 1998" and it was "fully recognized" in 2003, right about the time that his boss, the Legal Director, became the "Legal & Security Director." Finally, security had a seat on the board. Next, he hopes the CSO gets one. Burrill also related some useful tactical experiences. In 2002, security at BAT went under an audit, the biggest audit of any function at BAT ever, and came out with some impressive metrics. One in particular stood out: For every $2 spent on securitythe company avoided $1 of loss from theft and other crime. Burrill\u2019s energy and his enthusiasm for the security profession were evident from the beginning. So was his ambition. He summed up his philosophy this way: Corporate Security is to companies what national security is to nations.