Personnel Changes at Diamond

At Diamond Comic Distributors, Josh Hayes has been promoted to head the book market division, Diamond Book Distributors, as executive v-p. He was formerly director of e-commerce business development. He joined Diamond in 2002 as national sales manager, then was promoted to associate director of sales and marketing of the book division and director of sales and marketing before leaving in 2012. For three years, he worked for Lighting Supply Company and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles before returning to Diamond. Earlier he worked at Borders as a senior planner/analyst and buyer for Waldenbooks.

Diamond v-p of sales and marketing Roger Fletcher said, "DBD has grown tremendously over the years, expanding its services and results to the point where we decided the time was right to put Josh in place to propel the business into the future."

At the same time, Kuo-Yu Liang, who has been v-p of sales and marketing, Diamond Book Distributors, and founded the division in 2003, will become v-p of international sales and business development of Diamond Comic Distributors.

Fletcher commented: "We've always been aggressive about finding new international markets for English language comics and graphic novels, and Kuo has been a big part of that success. He has a fantastic ability to prospect for new revenue and has great connections in place to build our sales internationally."

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