Adams was previously deputy chief executive and finance director of House of Fraser, which he joined in 1997. He was also a non-executive director of Ottakar's, before it was bought by HMV. Before that, he was group finance director of Asprey and finance director of Texas Homecare.
Gavin Simonds, who has been chairman of Jessops since its flotation in October 2004, stepped down today.
Jessops chief executive Chris Langley said: 'Gavin has made an enormous contribution to Jessops since the float. The board and I would like to thank him for this and wish him well for the future. I am delighted that we have been able to secure someone with David's experience, which represents a strong endorsement of the business. I look forward to working with him as we tackle the current challenging market conditions.'
Adams said: 'I have always had a high regard for Jessops. Although the business has faced very tough market conditions recently, I look forward to working with Chris and the team as we develop and implement our strategy for the future.'
At the end of March, Jessops issued its third profit warning in as many months, blaming the deterioration of the digital compact camera market for its poor performance. Like-for-like sales in the four weeks from February 28 dropped 5.2 per cent. The camera specialist forecast a first-half loss of£8.5 million.