Executive Vice President of Law, Policy and Governance, for Limited Brands, Inc.
Sam Fried serves as Executive Vice President — Law, Policy & Governance of Limited Brands, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange company based in Columbus, Ohio and New York, offering products sold internationally in multiple channels under the following brand names: Bath & Body Works, C.O. Bigelow, Henri Bendel, La Senza, Pink, Victoria’s Secret, and White Barn Candle Company. During Mr. Fried’s tenure, Limited Brands reinvented itself as a major brand builder and served as the incubator for other major and now independent retail brands, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Brylane, Express, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Justice, Lane Bryant, Lerner New York, Limited Stores, and Penhaligon’s. Limited Brands also created and incubated Alliance Data Systems, a leading credit card processor.
Mr. Fried joined Limited Brands in 1991 as its first general counsel, where he remains responsible for all legal matters affecting the company He has long been a leader in Third Way politics and policies, including extensive work with the campaigns and Administration of President Bill Clinton.
Mr. Fried began his career in 1974 with aBostonlaw firm, specializing in corporate securities and tax matters. From 1977 to 1981, he held senior legal and international finance positions with The Bendix Corporation, a multinational company serving the aerospace-electronics, automotive, forest products, and machine tool industries. From 1982 to 1987, he was Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Clevite Industries, a multinational company engaged in the manufacture and distribution of component parts for the transportation and general industrial markets. From 1987 to 1991, Mr. Fried served as Vice President and General Counsel of Exide Technologies, the world’s oldest and largest manufacturer and distributor of automotive and industrial batteries.
Throughout his career, Mr. Fried has counseled boards of directors of fast-paced, entrepreneurial, complex, and innovative organizations. He has led the negotiation of highly sophisticated business transactions and has managed high-stakes, complex litigation in both domestic and international contexts. Mr. Fried’s experience covers the full range of entrepreneurial enterprise, from start-ups, spin-offs, and workouts to mature businesses with dominant market share.
Mr. Fried has been a leader and an innovator in numerous civic, religious, educational, and philanthropic organizations. He is also active in Democratic politics at the federal, state, and local levels and participated in the highest leadership ranks of presidential campaigns for over two decades. In addition, President Clinton publicly acknowledged Mr. Fried as the source of his administration’s major policy initiative to “put a human face on the global economy.” Mr. Fried continues to work on substantive issue development and fundraising for a number of leading political candidates and organizations.
Mr. Fried is a member of theIllinois,Massachusetts,Michigan, andOhiobars. He is also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of theUnited States. Mr. Fried received his A.B. (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) fromWashingtonUniversityin St. Louis and his J.D. (with honors) and Masters of Law in Taxation from Boston University School of Law, where he served as Symposium Editor of the Law Review. In addition, Mr. Fried is ordained as a rabbi by the Chief Rabbinate ofIsrael.
Mr. Fried and his wife, Gigi, have five children and five grandchildren and reside inBexley,Ohio, andDelray Beach,Florida.
Mr. Fried’s record of public service includes the following:
- director of the American Arbitration Association, the world’s leading provider of conflict management services;
- founding chair of The Heschel Society, an organization devoted to the promotion of peace, civil rights, social justice, interfaith dialogue, and tolerance, with projects in New York, Washington, and Columbus;
- trustee of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Arts Complex, the leading performing arts and cultural center that celebrates the African-American experience, and recipient of its highest honor, the Dream Award;
- director of the Tanenbaum Center, a foundation that seeks to reduce violence perpetrated in the name of religion by supporting religious peacemakers who struggle in areas of armed conflict and by overcoming religious intolerance in workplaces and schools;
- director of the Public Diplomacy Collaborative at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, which seeks to promote effective US public diplomacy around the world;
- member of a senior bipartisan advisory panel for the Attorney General of Ohio;
- member of IPAC, the governmental committee that provides policy advice to the Secretary of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative;
- founding trustee of the Business Council for Global Development, a coalition of leading businesses and corporate citizens that works with governments, international organizations, and nongovernmental organizations to promote global development;
- private sector representative to the federal government’s welfare-to-work initiative;
- member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships;
- founding director of GlobalWorks Foundation, which is dedicated to alleviating poverty in the developing world through projects addressing conditions related to globalization;
- member of the advisory board of The Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, an innovative public interest organization that promotes scholarship, public education, and legal action in the areas of equality and human dignity;
- founding director of the Trade, Aid, and Security Coalition (TASC), a nonprofit whose purpose is to build innovative partnerships that expand global economic opportunity and security;
- director of Wexner Heritage Village Foundation, which underwrites quality health, housing, spiritual, and supportive services that meet the needs of an aging society;
- founding director of the Global Training Partnership, a leading private sector partner in improving global labor standards; and
- trustee of the Columbus Council on World Affairs, Ohio’s leading educational resource for international affairs.