New leadership at Anthropologie, Terrain & Urban Outfitters
Urban Outfitters,Inc, a leading lifestyle specialty retail company operating under the Anthropologie, Free People, BHLDN, Terrain and Urban Outfitters brands announced leadership changes at Anthropologie, Terrain and Urban Outfitters.
David W. McCreight has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, Anthropologie Group, effective November 15, 2011. In this new role, Mr. McCreight will be responsible for Anthropologie North America, Anthropologie Europe and BHLDN.
"David is a powerful leader with an intimate knowledge of the women's apparel industry and a proven track record for growing multi-channel, multi-category brands," said Glen T. Senk, Chief Executive Officer.
"David brings with him a deep understanding for the aesthetic sensibility of a brand, combined with an analytical background and strategic vision. I am delighted to have David join our executive team and am confident he will play an instrumental role in the future development of the Anthropologie group and URBN."
Mr. McCreight, age 48, comes to the Company with an impressive background in retail and apparel, including President of Under Armour from 2008 until 2010 and President of Lands' End from 2005 to 2008. Mr. McCreight also held the position of Senior Vice President of Merchandising at Lands' End from 2003 to 2005 and Senior Vice President and General Merchandising Manager of Disney Stores from 2001 to 2003. Mr. 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 Chief Operating Officer, having served as Executive Director of Planning and Allocation since she joined the Company in 2005.
Wendy McDevitt has been appointed President of Terrain. Ms. 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 October 31, 2011 and will oversee the merchandising, design and planning organizations for North America. Mr. Kessler most recently served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Merchandising for Coach, Inc.