US footwear group, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, has appointed former Urban Outfitters global president Stephen Murray as president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Murray will head up Deckers’ brands in the region, including Ugg, Teva, Tsubo and Simple. He will take up the role on June 1and will work from Deckers’ Richmond office.
At Urban Outfitters, Murray had been responsible for US casualwear chain’s stores and ecommerce in North America and Europe since April 2010.
He also held the role of president of VF Action Sports Coalition from February 2009 to March 2010, in charge of footwear brand Vans and surfwear brand Reef. He was president of Vans from July 2004 to January 2009, ahead of its acquisition by VF.
In a statement, Deckers chairman, president and chief executive Angel Martinez said: “We have been searching for the ideal candidate for this role for quite some time.
“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.”