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Joseph M. Anto was appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of the Company in February 2018, and he was named Interim Chief Executive Officer in April 2018. Before that, Mr. Anto served as a consultant to the Company, beginning in July 2017. Prior to joining Fred’s, Mr. Anto served as Senior Vice President of Strategy and M&A and in other roles at MediaNews Group, Inc. (d/b/a Digital First Media), one of the largest newspaper companies in the U.S. by circulation. Mr. Anto is the co-founder of RumbaTime, LLC, a fashion brand focused on timepieces and accessories, and served as the company’s CEO from 2009 to 2012. Before that, Mr. Anto held positions at Harbinger Capital Partners, ABS Capital Partners and First Union Securities. He has previously served on the boards of private merchant power companies Kelson Energy Inc. and Kelson Canada, CIPS Marketing Group Inc. and RumbaTime. Mr. Anto holds a BBA from Emory University and an MBA from Columbia University.