Reporting to commercial director Stewart Harvey, Stevenson will take responsibility for all worldwide sales activity.
Stevenson was previously general manager of HRG’s joint venture in China, HRG Jin Jiang China, building the company from 11 members of staff to more than 200.
Harvey said: "James’ appointment is a part of our declared statement to grow our new business activities. James has considerable experience and knowledge of a variety of commercial and geographic markets and has a proven track record in global client development and retention.
"Having started his career with HRG on the operational side of the business, I am pleased that this home-grown appointment identifies the talent we have within HRG and underlines our commitment to developing good people."