Troubled high street photo chain Jessops has recruited House of Fraser’s former deputy chief executive and finance director David Adams as its new executive chairman.

Jessops chief executive Chris Langley said: ‘His considerable plc and retail experience at senior levels will be of great benefit to the board and the business.  I look forward to working with him as we tackle the current challenging market conditions.’

David Adams, 52, said: ‘I have always had a high regard for Jessops.  Although the business has faced very tough market conditions recently, I look forward to working with Chris and the team as we develop and implement our strategy for the future.’

Adams’ previous business experience includes being finance director of Texas Homecare, Dorothy Perkins and Top Shop.

Gavin Simonds, who has been Jessops chairman since the company’s flotation, steps down from the board today, the company said in a statement.

Simonds had already planned to step down from the board.

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