Marks & Spencer has appointed Andrew Fisher, chairman of the smartphone app Shazam, to its board as a non-executive director.

Fisher, who joined Shazam as chief executive in 2005, will take up his new role at M&S on December 1. He will also join the retailer’s nomination committee.

Since joining Shazam, which helps users identify music tracks and TV programmes being played around them using their mobile phone, Fisher has grown the app into a global service with more than 750 million users in 200 countries.

M&S said Fisher, who is also a non-exec at MoneySupermarket Group, will bring “strong digital services, consumer insight and international experience” to the board.

Fisher said: “I am looking forward to joining the board of M&S and contributing to the continuing development of this great brand.”  

M&S chairman Robert Swannell added: “We are delighted to welcome Andrew Fisher to the board.

“He has a proven track record in a fast-growing and global digital business and will bring a wealth of relevant technology-focused, consumer experience.”

Martha Lane Fox, who has sat on the M&S board for almost nine years and spent time on both the audit and nomination committees, will step down at the end of the financial year on April 2 2016.

Paying tribute to “true entrepreneur” Fox, Swannell said she had made a “truly outstanding contribution” to the retailer.

Fox said: “I have been proud to be part of this fantastic business and to have played a part in shaping this iconic brand for its future.”