EMI Group is strengthening its investor board with the recruitment of Mike Clasper and Billy Mann.

Clasper, former CEO of airports group BAA plc, will advise on and review the development of EMI's global manufacturing, logistics and sales operations.

Mann -- the acclaimed record producer, songwriter and music entrepreneur who founded Stealth Entertainment -- will provide creative input to EMI and its investor board, and will advise on the music major's artist relations.

Guy Hands, CEO of Terra Firma, installed an investor board in August when his equity house acquired EMI Group in a multi-billion pound deal.

The investor board is tasked with overseeing EMI's strategic review, as it transforms to keep abreast of the changing music business.

"The recorded music industry today faces some enormous challenges but also tremendous opportunities to build on the central role that music plays in all our lives," comments Hands in a statement issued today.

"With the arrival of Mike and Billy," he adds, "I feel confident we have a team that can work alongside EMI employees and artists to identify and exploit those opportunities and build EMI's powerful market position over the long-term."

The board's existing members are Hands, Lord Birt, Chris Roling, Ashley Unwin, Mark Hodgkinson, Riaz Punja and Phil Burns.