By  on December 11, 2008

Urban Outfitters Inc. on Wednesday named Andrew McLean to the new position of chief operating officer of the European operating divisions, signaling the company will continue to aggressively build its brands on the other side of the Atlantic.

McLean, who will begin on Jan. 5, will be responsible for all European shared service operations, including finance, logistics, development and talent acquisition for the Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters retail brands and for the Free People and Leifsdottir wholesale brands.

He will report to Glen T. Senk, chief executive officer of Urban Outfitters.

“We are delighted that Urban’s expansion in the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe has been met with so much success,” Senk said. “We are committed to continued growth abroad. Andrew’s significant experience in retail and operations will make him extremely valuable to Urban Outfitters at this important juncture.”

McLean joins the company from Liz Claiborne Inc., where he had worked since 2003, most recently as president of the outlet division. Before that, he was senior director and controller at Gap Inc.

Urban has been building a stronger foundation in Europe in anticipation of future expansion. The company has operated Urban Outfitters stores in Europe for about a decade and has 14 units in the U.K., Ireland, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden.

Last year, the company began shipping Anthropologie internationally. In September, James Bidwell was named managing director of Anthropologie Europe, a new position.

Senk said Anthropologie is expected to have 20 to 40 stores in operation overseas in five years.

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