Debenhams has tapped Google's head of retail, Peter Fitzgerald, as a non-executive director to help grow the department store group's online business.

Nigel Northridge, chairman of Debenhams, said: "Peter Fitzgerald has a wealth of experience in helping retail businesses to realise their online ambitions with acknowledged industry-leaders Amazon and Google. 

"Growing our multi-channel business is a crucial part of Debenhams' strategy and, as one of the leading experts in his field, we look forward to Peter's contribution as a member of the board."

Fitzgerald previously worked at internet retail giant Amazon, holding positions in the US and Europe.