Music retail giant HMV has confirmed that Simon Peck, U.K. and Ireland product director, has left the business, with immediate effect.

In a statement, Simon Fox, HMV Group CEO, comments: "On behalf of everyone at HMV I would like to thank Simon for his contribution during his sixteen years with the business, and to wish him all the best for the future."

An announcement regarding this decision will be made in due course. In the meantime, Graham Sim will take on the London-based role, which will be in addition to his duties as marketing director.

Reporting to Graham in the interim will be the various heads of the HMV product department and their respective teams: Gary Rolfe (music), Rudy Osorio (DVD), Tim Ellis (games), Ricky Gordon (entertainment products), Nick Turnbull (Returns) and Mike Grant (catalog and product information).