Frederick Lamster


Fred 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.

Before joining Battalia Winston, Fred was Chief Human Resources Officer for Orchard Brands, (recently acquired by Bluestem Brands) a $1.1 billion catalog marketer, where he was responsible for making key hires particularly in the Merchandising, Planning and Allocation/Inventory Management, Production, and Finance areas. He also served as SVP of Human Capital for Body Central, a Florida-based regional retailer that operated more than 250 stores.

As EVP of Human Resources for Charming Shoppes, parent company to plus-sized brands such as Lane Bryant and Catherine’s, Fred focused on aligning five disparate HR teams and developing an overarching Human Resources and hiring strategy that helped lead the company to increased profitability and, later, a successful acquisition by Ascena Retail Group.

Fred was with L Brands (formerly Limited Brands) for 12 years as EVP Human Resources and as Vice President of Staffing. L Brands is an international company that operates a number of well-known brand names, including Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Works. At L Brands, Fred was responsible for leading the upgrade of leadership and operating teams across the company’s multiple business units. At Limited Stores, he made strategic hires at every level and spearheaded the rebuilding of the executive team as well as the Merchant, Design, Production and Planning and Allocations teams.

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.

A graduate of Queens College (CUNY) with a B.A. in American Literature and American History, Fred has both a Master’s degree and Ph. D 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.

Fred is married and has one son and two daughters. He enjoys reading, film, swimming and travel. He is currently learning to play golf.

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