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Former Waterstones exec to replace Gary Warren at HMV

By | Published on Tuesday 12 July 2011


HMV has nabbed a former executive from its former books business Waterstones to take on the role of Commercial Director. Michael Neil left the bookseller just before the HMV Group sold it to Alexander Mamut, but will now return to the wider HMV business to manage the commercial team that oversees the firm’s high street operations.

He basically replaces Gary Warren, a long term HMV exec who is leaving after 25 years with the company to “pursue new interests”.

Confirming Neil’s appointment, HMV top man Simon Fox told reporters: “Michael brings with him a wealth of commercial insight and retail experience gained across a number of senior positions, and I am delighted to welcome him to HMV at this pivotal time as we continue our transformation into a broad-based entertainment brand”.