Alex Rayner will join Waterstone's on 24 November as operations director. She succeeds Nick Williams, who was promoted to an HMV group role in April. David Rowntree has been filling the post on an interim basis.
Rayner joins from Transdermal Cosmetics, where she has been Chief Executive Officer. She has also worked at Gap, Marks & Spencer and, most recently, Body Shop. She said: 'I am very excited to be joining the team at Waterstone's. As a customer, I have heard and seen the passion of the booksellers for myself when I have been in stores.'
Gerry Johnson, Waterstone's MD, said that he was confident that Rayner would 'make a significant contribution to our business. Her many years of experience will help us deliver our goal and vision.'