Professional Profile

Fred joined ZRG Partners in 2019 and is a veteran Human Resources and Staffing professional whose career spans more than 25 years. He has worked across all retail apparel and fashion segments, including department and specialty retail, ecommerce and catalogue retailing. Fred has used his expertise in organizational design and efficiency to help a number of major retailers through turnarounds, mergers, acquisitions and major business transitions. Throughout his career, he has transformed HR teams from tactical and transactional departments to strategic and results-oriented teams.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining ZRG, Fred was a partner at Battalia Winston, a mid-sized executive search boutique where he provided retained search and organizational consulting to clients in the retail sector. Fred’s experience also includes senior level Human Resources leadership with many well-known retail brands including Limited Brands, Aeropostale and Charming Shoppes.

In all of these roles, Fred built high-performing executive teams and developed an internal bench of future leaders. Fred has a keen understanding of creating Human Resources strategies that align with the overall business strategies and objectives. He takes pride in helping companies build a diverse set of HR programs that will attract key hires while also retaining and cultivating leadership talent. Fred approaches each search from the perspective of the End Customer. Rather than simply “filling a job,” Fred’s goal is to build better organizations and better executive teams so that organizations achieve better results.

Areas of Expertise

Education

A graduate of Queens College (CUNY) with a BA in American Literature and American History, Fred has both a master’s degree and PhD from Brown University. He has served on a number of private boards as well as the Board of Directors of Body Central, a regional retailer previously headquartered in Jacksonville, FL.

Hobbies and Interests

Fred is married and has one son and two daughters. He enjoys reading, film, swimming and travel.