Urban Outfitters restructures leadership

PHILADELPHIA — Urban Outfitters Monday announced leadership changes at Anthropologie, Terrain and Urban Outfitters.

David McCreight has been appointed CEO Anthropologie Group, effective Nov. 15. In this new role, McCreight will be responsible for Anthropologie North America, Anthropologie Europe and BHLDN.

McCreight most recently served as president of Under Armour from 2008 until 2010 and president of Lands' End from 2005 to 2008. McCreight also held the position of SVP merchandising at Lands' End from 2003 to 2005 and SVP and general merchandising manager of Disney Stores from 2001 to 2003. McCreight had been president of Smith and Hawken and began his career with roles within the merchant organizations at Saks, The May Company and The Limited.

Effective immediately, Anthropologie Brand announced new executive appointments for North America. The Brand's co-president positions have been eliminated. Wendy Wurtzburger, a 13-year veteran of Anthropologie, will continue to serve as chief merchandising and design Officer. Kristin Norris, a 19-year veteran of the company, has been appointed chief creative officer, most recently having served as the managing director of BHLDN. Denise Albright has been appointed COO, having served as executive director of planning and allocation since she joined the company in 2005.

Wendy McDevitt has been appointed president of Terrain. McDevitt began her career with the company in 1991 and over the years has held a variety of senior operational and creative roles across three of the company's brands -- Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and Free People - including an overseas assignment for Urban Outfitters, and her most recent role as Global Co-President of Anthropologie.

The company also announced that Charles Kessler joined the Urban Outfitters Brand as chief merchandising officer on Oct. 31 and will oversee the merchandising, design and planning organizations for North America. Kessler most recently served as SVP corporate merchandising for Coach Inc. Prior to joining Coach in 2010, Kessler spent 16 years at Abercrombie & Fitch Co. ascending to the role of EVP womens' merchandising.


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