Marks and Spencer's joint venture with Reliance Retail has made two appointments to its executive team in India.

The company said today (21 February) that James Munson has been appointed as the new head of retail and marketing, while Maneesh Gaur has been announced as the head of property and projects.

Munson will lead retail operations, marketing and corporate communications. Gaur will drive the retailer's property strategy and store opening programme.

M&S India CEO Martin Jones said: "I'm delighted to welcome James and Maneesh to our leadership team. India is an important market for Marks & Spencer, its large population and economic growth presents us with our huge opportunity. James and Maneesh's keen business acumen and retail expertise will add great value to our business and help support our growth in India."

Munson joined the company's UK division in 2006 as a manager from BHS and was most recently manager of its Camberley store.

Gaur joins the retailer from Indian retailer Shoppers Stop. M&S said he has 20 years of experience in formulating business expansion strategies, techno commercials and legal negotiations for different retail formats across a number of Indian cities.