New ops director at Waterstone's

<p>Waterstone&#39;s has appointed Alex Rayner as operations director. She will be leaving her role as chief executive officer at Transdermal cosmetics and joining the chain on 24th November.<br /><br />Rayner takes over the job from David Rowntree, northern divisional manager, who had been covering the role since April when the chain&#39;s previous operations director Nick Williams was promoted within the HMV Group.<br /><br />Gerry Johnson, managing director of Waterstone&#39;s said he was &quot;delighted&quot; with the appointment. &quot;I am confident she will make a significant contribution to our business. Her many years of experience will help us deliver our goal and vision.&quot;<br /><br />Rayner has previously worked for Gap, Marks and Spencer and, most recently, Body Shop. She is &quot;very excited to be joining the team at Waterstone&#39;s. The book trade is a fascinating one and Waterstone&#39;s has a proud history and an exciting future and I am very pleased to be a part of it.&quot; </p>