Alan Hunt, former music senior buying manager with U.K. supermarkets giant Tesco, is returning to Woolworths in the role as trading manager for music and DVD.

Hunt will oversee the British retail giant's music and video retailing operations, heading-up a staff of seven. Music product manager Keith Black and DVD product manager Steven McGunigel are among those who report to Hunt.

Hunt succeeds Brian Hill, who has relocated to sister company Entertainment U.K. (EUK).

"Alan is a skilled and experienced operator in entertainment retailing and we are delighted to have secured his services," comments Jim Batchelor, Woolworths' head of trading for entertainment in a statement. "He is passionate about Woolworths and driven by the business plan we have in place. We expect him to make a huge contribution to our future."

Hunt served with Tesco for seven years, having previously worked for Woolworths Group companies before its demerger from Kingfisher plc.

In 1993, he worked as a music buyer with entertainment wholesale subsidiary EUK, and went on to become trading manager in 1995. In 1997, he joined Woolworths' record label Crimson, becoming its GM.

Woolworths currently boasts 821 high street stores in Britain, and recently unveiled plans to open 100 new stores over the next four years.

In 2005, Woolworths counted 819 stores which sold recorded music, according to figures published in the BPI's Statistical Handbook. During that period, the chain accounted for 26.9% of the U.K. singles market in terms of volume, and 28.5% in value terms. The retailer had a 10.6% share of the albums market in volume terms, and 11.2% in value terms.

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