Stephen Murray, who last week resigned as global president of Urban Outfitters Inc.’s namesake Urban Outfitters brand, has been appointed president of Deckers Outdoor Corp.’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) unit, effective June 1.


Murray will be based in the EMEA division’s offices in Richmond, England. When he left Urban on April 14, the company said he planned to return to London to pursue an opportunity with a wholesale business “having an international focus.”


Prior to joining Urban in his most recent post last year, Murray was the president of VF Action Sports Coalition with responsibility for brands including Vans and Reef. He was the the president of Vans for nearly five years beginning in 2004. Earlier in his career, he was with Reebok.


“In Steve Murray, we have found the unique combination of footwear and lifestyle brand building and global expertise that we need at a time when our international business is poised for growth unlike anything we’ve seen in the past,” said Angel Martinez, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Deckers.


Murray will oversee a brand portfolio that includes Ugg Australia, Teva and Tsubo footwear.

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