Board of Directors


Thomas J. Tashjian
Chairman of the Board of fred's,Thomas J. Tashjian is now a private investor. Between 1996 and 2001, Mr. Tashjian served as a managing director and consumer group leader at Banc of America Montgomery Securities in San Francisco, where he provided the firm's views on the retailing industry. Prior to that, he held similar positions at First Manhattan Company, Seidler Companies, and Prudential Securities. His earlier retail operating experience was in discount retailing at the Ayrway Stores, which were acquired by Target, and in the restaurant business at Noble Roman's.

Timothy A. Barton
Tim Barton joins the Board with a substantial business and technology background and with experience in growing successful companies. Mr. Barton founded Freightquote in 1998, growing it into the largest online freight shipping provider in the United States with $600 million in annual revenue. Mr. Barton served as Chairman and CEO until the company’s sale to C.H. Robinson Worldwide in 2015. Prior to founding Freightquote, Mr. Barton was the Co-Founder and President of UWI Association Programs, which grew into Network Long Distance before being acquired by IXC Communications/Broadwing in 1998.

Michael K. Bloom
Michael K. Bloom is Chief Executive Officer of fred's. He joined fred's in January 2015 as President and Chief Operating Officer and was appointed CEO in August 2016. Mr. Bloom previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Family Dollar Stores, Inc. He also spent more than 20 years with CVS Corporation, now CVS Health, holding a variety of positions with increasing responsibilities in merchandising, marketing, supply chain and store operations, and rising finally to Executive Vice President of Merchandising, Visual Merchandising, Marketing, Store Brand, Advertising and Supply Chain. Before joining CVS, Mr. Bloom spent 10 years in merchandising and operations management with Virginia-based Peoples Drug Stores and the Florida division of Toronto-based Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation.

Peter J. Bocian
Peter J. Bocian was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Safeway, Inc. until his retirement in March 2015. Previously, he served as the Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Services and Finance at JPMorgan Chase & Company from July 2011 to January 2013, as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Hewlett-Packard Company from December 2008 to June 2011, and as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of Starbucks Corporation from May 2007 to November 2008. Mr. Bocian held a variety of corporate positions, including Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, over a 24-year career at NCR Corporation.

Christopher W. Bodine
Christopher W. Bodine has served as a partner of New Spring Capital, a private equity fund, since 2009. He spent the previous 24 years at CVS Corporation, now CVS Health, retiring in January 2009 as President, Healthcare Services. Prior to the merger of CVS Corporation and Caremark Rx, Inc. in March 2007, Mr. Bodine served for several years as Executive Vice President, Merchandising and Marketing of CVS Corporation. Mr. Bodine is active in the pharmaceutical industry, having served on a number of boards and committees, including Allergan plc.

John R. Eisenman
John R. Eisenman is involved in real estate investment. Mr. Eisenman has been engaged in commercial and industrial real estate brokerage and development since 1983. Previously, he founded and served as President of Sally's, a chain of fast food restaurants, from 1976 to 1983, and prior thereto held various management positions in manufacturing and in securities brokerage. Mr. Eisenman has served as a director since the Company's initial public offering in March 1992.

Steven R. Fitzpatrick
Steven R. Fitzpatrick was the President of Accredo Health Group, Inc., a specialty pharmacy subsidiary of Medco Health Solutions, Inc., a position he held until he retired in June 2011. Mr. Fitzpatrick joined Accredo in 2001 as President of its subsidiary, Sunrise Health Management, Inc., and was named President of Accredo Therapeutics, Inc. in February 2002. With the acquisition of Accredo by Medco Health Solutions, Inc. in August 2005, Mr. Fitzpatrick assumed responsibility for both Accredo Therapeutics and Accredo Specialty Care Services (formerly Medco Specialty Solutions). In March 2006, Mr. Fitzpatrick became Chief Operating Officer of Accredo Health Group and was named President in June 2008. Prior to joining Accredo, Mr. Fitzpatrick held senior management positions with Abbott Laboratories, Block Medical, PharmaThera and Nations Healthcare.

Michael J. Hayes
Chairman Emeritus of the Board of fred's, Michael J. Hayes was elected as director of the Company in January 1987 and has been a Managing Director of the Company since October 1989. Mr. Hayes served as Chief Executive Officer from October 1989 through January 2009. He was previously employed by Oppenheimer & Company, Inc. in various capacities from 1976 to 1985, including Managing Director and Executive Vice President - Corporate Finance and Financial Services.

Linda Longo-Kazanova
Linda Longo-Kazanova, named to the Board in April 2017, served as Chief Human Resources Officer at Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., from 2011 to 2016. Prior to that she was Vice President, Human Resources and Medical at Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation from 2007 to 2010, and as SVP, Human Resources and Business Optimization, at Bell and Howell Company (later known as ProQuest Company) from 2000 to 2007. Ms. Longo-Kazanova also worked at Kraft Foods, Inc. from 1985 to 1995 where she served in a number of positions including global Director, Management and Organization Development.

Michael T. McMillan
Michael T. McMillan, named to the Company's Board in February 2007, currently serves as Director of Franchise Development for Pepsi-Cola North America, a Division of PepsiCo, where he has spent the last 22 years in various roles including marketing, sales, franchise development, and general management of its bottling operations.

B. Mary McNabb
Mary McNabb, named to the Board in April 2005, is the former Chief Executive Officer of Kid's Outlet in California. Ms. McNabb was formerly an executive vice president and director of The Mowbray Group, a California-based retail consulting firm that specializes in problem-solving, cost reductions, importing, and inventory management. Before that, she was executive vice president of merchandising and marketing for Factory 2-U, vice president of sourcing for S-Q of California, and West Coast manager/buyer for One Price Clothing, Inc.

Steven B. Rossi
Steve Rossi brings to the fred's Pharmacy Board extensive financial and operations experience. Mr. Rossi is the Chief Executive Officer of Digital First Media, which has more than 300 print and digital products serving over 45 million Americans each month. He previously served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Rossi held several successive management positions over 19 years with Knight Ridder Inc., including Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of Operations and President of the Newspaper Division.

Jerry A. Shore
Jerry A. Shore served as Chief Executive Officer from October 2014 to August 2016. He joined fred's in April 2000 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In February 2009, he was promoted to EVP, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer. In January 2014, he was promoted to EVP, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Shore was employed by Wang’s International, a major importing and wholesale distribution company as Chief Financial Officer from 1989 to 2000, and in various financial management capacities with IPS Corp., and Caterpillar, Inc. from 1975 to 1989.

Executive Officers


Michael K. Bloom
Chief Executive Officer

Craig Barnes
Chief Operating Officer – Front Store

Timothy A. Leibmann
Chief Operating Officer – Pharmacy

Rick Hans
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Mary Lou Gardner
Executive Vice President/Chief Merchandising and Marketing Officer

John Foley
Executive Vice President - Store Operations

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