NEW YORK — In its second key appointment this month, Paul Harris Stores has named Wendy Heath vice president of sportswear, signaling future merchandising changes for the struggling 318-unit chain.
Heath, formerly vice president of line merchandising and design at Limited Too, will report to Glenn S. Lyon, president and general merchandising officer. Two weeks ago, Richard Hettlinger joined Paul Harris Stores as chief financial officer. He also reports to Lyon.
While the company has been fortifying its executive ranks, it continues to operate without a chief executive since the March departure of Charlotte Fischer, who was also chairman and president.
The company said at that time that its board would search for a new ceo and named Lyon, the former president of the Modern Woman division of Charming Shoppes, to his current post.
Including a one-time $3 million charge for Fischer’s severance, the company lost $5.7 million, or 52 cents a share, in the quarter ended April 29 as compared to income of $683,000, or 6 cents, in the year-ago period. However, Lyon has projected the company would generate earnings-per-share of 45 cents for the second half, about 55 percent higher than in the latter half of 1999.
Paul Harris, a specialty retailer emphasizing private label women’s apparel, operates 318 Paul Harris stores in 29 states and 11 J. Peterman stores.
Lyon said the company will be focusing on career and casual wear for suburban working women, ages 25 to 45.
Last month Sharon Springer joined the company as vice president of marketing, and the company plans to hire a director of quality assurance. “Quality has been an issue,” Lyon said.

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