Chief executive

What a year for Simon Fox. A series of surprising announcements from the boss of the “last man standing” of music retailing has led to nods of approval from most quarters.

Realising that HMV may not be able to survive in its present form forever, Fox has initiated forays into the live music and ticketing arena by partnering with Mama Group, teaming up with Curzon cinemas to trial a picture house above its Wimbledon store and joining forces with Orange to sell music- and games-related mobile phone content.

Fox has proved he has big ideas and the conviction to see them through and it is hard to think of another retailer who, in the past 12 months, has been as creative in coming up with innovative revenue streams.