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Michael H. Ladd joined Fred’s as Executive Vice President of Store Operations in January 2018. Before Fred’s, Mr. Ladd served as Vice President of Stores at Barnes & Noble, Inc. with responsibility for the store and operations organizations. Mr. Ladd joined Barnes & Noble from Sears Holdings Corporation, where he served as Senior Vice President and Head of Sears Retail with responsibility for the entire store and retail operations teams. He also acted in corporate and field leadership roles of increasing responsibility during his 20-year career with Sears Holdings. Mr. Ladd holds a BA in Business Psychology from Miami University.