Specialty lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters Inc has named Eric Artz as its new chief financial officer, replacing John E Kyees who is due to retire next year.

Artz joins the company on 1 February from VF Corporation, where he has served as CFO of VF Contemporary Brands for two years.

There will be a hand-over period before Kyees departs on 30 June 2010.

Urban Outfitters, whose brands include Anthropologie, Free People, Leifsdottir, and Urban Outfitters, said Kyees has helped the company "successfully navigate the most challenging retail environment in decades."