Philadelphia-based apparel retail group Urban Outfitters Inc on Wednesday named Bebe Stores Inc's John Kyees as its new chief financial officer.

The youth-oriented fashion operator of 56 Urban Outfitters stores in the North America and Canada, and 45 Anthropologie stores in the US, said Kyees will replace Steve Feldman, who quit in August to pursue other business interests.

"We are very excited to have John join our management team," it said in a statement. "We believe that his considerable knowledge and understanding of specialty retailing will be very valuable as we continue to execute our aggressive growth strategy."

It added David Frankel, president of Free People, the wholesale brand for young women, has tendered his resignation in order to pursue other business opportunities.

Glen Senk, executive vice president, has assumed all managerial responsibilities for the brand until Frankel's replacement is named.