Urban Outfitters names European COO

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

From the official press release:

Lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters Inc. has appointed Andrew McLean to the newly-created position of chief operating officer for the company's European operating divisions. McLean is coming from Liz Claiborne, where he worked most recently as president of the outlet division. Before that, he was senior director and controller at Gap Inc.

In his new position, which takes effect January 5th, McLean will be responsible for all European shared service operations, including finance, logistics, development and talent acquisition, for the Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters retail brands, as well as wholesale brands Free People and Leifsdottir.

McLean will report to the company's chief executive officer Glen Senk.

"We are delighted that URBN's expansion in the UK and the rest of Europe has been met with so much success" said mr. Senk. "Andrew's significant experience in retail and operations will make him extremely valuable to URBN at this important juncture."

URBN has been building a stronger foundation in Europe in anticipation of future expansion. The company has operated Urban Outfitters stores in Europe for about a decade and has 14 units in the U.K., Ireland, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden.

Last year, the company began shipping Anthropologie internationally. In September, James Bidwell was named managing director of Anthropologie Europe, a new position.

I know there are Urban Outfitters stores in Europe but are there Anthropologie stores? If not it certainly sounds like there will be soon. This is exciting news and I hope any new buyers chosen over in Europe will send some of their picks to North America.