British music and entertainment retail giant HMV has appointed Gerry Johnson as a new executive director, with immediate effect.

Johnson currently serves as managing director of HMV-owned bookseller Waterstone's in the United Kingdom.

Johnson joined Waterstone's in 2005, and helmed the company a year later through the acquisition of rival Ottakar's. Before that, he served as managing director of Booker plc and as a main board director of its parent company Big Food Group plc.

"Gerry has led the Waterstone's team through the successful integration of Ottakar's and the continuing re-shaping of our books business," comments HMV chairman Carl Symon in a statement. "His leadership of these activities, together with his experience prior to joining Waterstone's in 2005, will made for a broad contribution to the group board."