U.K.-based music and entertainment giant HMV has recruited Blockbuster executive Steve Napleton to the new role as supply chain director, with effect from October 2007. Napleton also joins HMV's board of directors.

"Steve comes with a wealth of senior level experience in entertainment retail, and I am delighted that he is joining HMV to bring a new and challenging approach to our Supply Chain, as well as a genuine passion for our product areas," comment HMV CEO Simon Fox in a statement.

Napleton joins HMV from Blockbuster, where he was appointed in 2005 as product director with responsibility for product buying, category management and supply chain across DVD, games and food and drink.

Prior to that, he oversaw vendor management and supply chain with Amazon.