Leading retail executive David Adams has been named as the new non-executive chairman of men's apparel chain Moss Bros with immediate effect.

Adams, currently executive chairman of camera retailer Jessops, also holds a number of other non-executive positions and was previously deputy chief executive and group finance director at department store company House of Fraser.

While with House of Fraser, he worked with investment company Baugur Group before the Icelandic company took the retailer private.

Baugur, which retains a significant stake in Moss Bross, abandoned a GBP40m (US$79.8m) bid for the chain earlier this year.

Adams replaces previous chairman Keith Hamill, who quit the role last month after extending his stay in the post to oversee the planned takeover from Baugur.

Now City sources are suggesting that chief executive Philip Mountford could also leave the company with the arrival of Adams, with unconfirmed reports suggesting that he is already considering a couple of other job offers.

Meanwhile, Mountford welcomed Adams to the company, saying: "David has been instrumental in the growth and recovery of a number of retail businesses.

"I have no doubt that he will be a huge asset to Moss Bros, as we focus on implementing our three-year strategic plan to reinvest in our current portfolio, grow the core Moss chain and develop our Asian supply chain."

Adams added: "I am looking forward to addressing the challenges this long-established business faces in the current economic climate.

"It has a great name and a portfolio of brands second to none in the men's wear sector, both in retail and in hire."