US lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters Inc has named Andrew McLean, the president of Liz Claiborne's outlet division, to the new position of chief operating officer for its European divisions.

Mr McLean, who begins on 5 January, 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.

He will report to CEO Glen T Senk, who said: "We are delighted that URBN's expansion in the UK and the rest of Europe has been met with so much success.

"Andrew's significant experience in retail and operations will make him extremely valuable to URBN at this important juncture."

Mr McLean has been with Liz Claiborne Inc since 2003, and prior to that served as senior director, controller at Gap brand.