Consumer >> CEO Interviews >> April 12, 1999

Charlotte G. Fischer – Paul Harris Stores Inc (pauh)

CHARLOTTE G. FISCHER is Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Paul Harris Stores, Inc. Ms. Fischer has served in this capacity since February 1995. A native of Hagerstown, Maryland, Fischer earned a Bachelor's degree in Business from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia in 1971. Fischer has over 28 years of extensive retail experience. Ms. Fischer previously held the position of president and chief executive officer of Claire's Boutiques from 1986 to 1991. She joined Claire's as a vice president and general merchandise manager in April of 1986 and became president and chief operating officer in October of 1986. During her tenure, she oversaw the rapid growth and expansion of this chain, growing from 200 stores in 1986 to over 1,100 stores in 1991. Ms. Fischer also created and ran her own business, Hearts International, a specialty gift store and founded CGF Inc., a retail consulting business. Ms. Fischer currently serves on the board of numerous not-for-profit organization. As well as The Greater Indiannapolis Progress Committee, The Indiana Chamber of Commerce, National City Bank of Indiana, The National Federation and Transworld Entertainment Corp., Inc. She is listed in Who's Who in American Women. In 1998, Ms. Fischer was named a Sagamore of the Wabash. This award is the highest honor a private citizen can receive from the Indiana Governor. She also was honored by her alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business as a 1998 Alumni Star, and by Girls Incorporated of Indianapolis as recipient of their prestigious Touchstone Award, given for life-time achievement and commitment to the issues of girls and young people. Ms. Fischer and her husband have two daughters, and three grandchildren. The Fischers enjoy traveling, entertaining, theater, and their two dogs, Humphrey and Bogart. Profile
TWST: Let's start out by you giving us a brief overview of Paul Harris

your history, products, services, customers, those kinds of things


Ms. Fischer: Paul Harris is a women's