Specialty retailer of music-licensed and music-influenced apparel, Hot Topic Inc, on Thursday announced the appointment of board member Bruce Quinnell to the role of chairman.

The California-based operator of more than 400 stores said Quinnell, who has been a director since 1998 and is a consultant to its retail businesses, will replace Robert Jaffe who left the role in June.

Commenting on the appointment, president and CEO, Betsy McLaughlin, said: "I have valued Bruce's broad retail and financial perspective ... and look forward to his strategic views and advice as we continue to work together to grow Hot Topic and Torrid."