Robert N. Fisch has more than 30 years of experience in the apparel retail industry. He currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of our Board of rue21. Since joining rue21 in June 2001, Mr. Fisch has led the company''s growth from 169 stores to 537 stores with compound annual earnings growth of over 40% from 2004 through 2008. The company''s initial public offering in 2009 was the culmination of development and expansion under the leadership of Mr. Fisch.
From February 1987 to December 1999, Mr. Fisch served as president of Casual Corner Group, Inc. While at Casual Corner, Mr. Fisch founded the Casual Corner & Co. division which he built from a 3 store test to one of the leading value-priced women''s specialty chains with over 275 stores located in outlet centers, strip centers and regional malls throughout the United States. Since June 2004, Mr. Fisch has also served as director at The Children''s Place Retail Stores, Inc. and currently serves on its audit committee and compensation committee.
Previously in his career, Mr. Fisch had been President of RNF Consulting Group, a retail management consulting firm, as well as President and CEO of T.H. Mandy for U.S. Shoe Corporation and Senior Vice President of Jordan Marsh for Federated Department Stores. Bob started his career at Abraham & Straus in New York.