US: Exec shuffle at Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters
Retailer Urban Outfitters Inc has made a number of executive changes, including new leadership at its Anthropologie, Terrain and Urban Outfitters brands.
David McCreight, the former president of performance sportswear brand Under Armour, has been hired as chief executive officer of Anthropologie Group, where he will be responsible for Anthropologie North America, Anthropologie Europe and BHLDN. His past experience also includes the role of president of Lands' End.
"The creation of the Group CEO role streamlines our organisation structure and is pivotal in the development of our multi-brand growth strategy," said company CEO Glen Senk.
In other changes, Anthropoligie's North America co-president positions have been eliminated, and Wendy Wurtzburger will continue to serve as chief merchandising and design officer.
Kristin Norris has been promoted to chief creative officer from her previous post as managing director of BHLDN. And Denise Albright, the former executive director of planning and allocation, has been appointed chief operating officer.
Wendy McDevitt, who was most recently global co-president of Anthropologie is to take up the post of president of the company's Terrain garden centre.
And at the Urban Outfitters brand, Charles Kessler has joined as chief merchandising officer to oversee the merchandising, design and planning organisations for North America. Kessler most recently served as senior vice president of corporate merchandising for Coach Inc, and before this was EVP of womens' merchandising at Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
Urban Outfitters Inc operates 187 Urban Outfitters stores and 164 Anthropologie stores.
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