(BALTIMORE, Maryland) — (September 22, 2016) — Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books, graphic novels, and related pop-culture merchandise, announced Friday that Josh Hayes has been promoted to lead its book market division, Diamond Book Distributors (DBD), as Executive Vice President.
Hayes will assume day-to-day operations of the division, working with DBD’s Sales Managers, client publishers, and manufacturers to promote and grow revenue of upcoming titles and products in the book market. He will report to Diamond’s VP-Sales and Marketing, Roger Fletcher.
“DBD has grown tremendously over the years,” said Fletcher. “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.”
Hayes brings over twenty years of book market experience to his new leadership role, first as a buyer for Waldenbooks and in a variety of roles with Diamond Book Distributors, from designing analytical reports to overseeing marketing to expanding the company’s business with Amazon and other e-commerce operations.
“I’m amazed every day that I get to work with such talented publishers and creators” said Hayes, “and I’m excited to help shape where our industry will be in the future. I’m confident that the ideas I have will bear fruit for Diamond and its roster of publishers.”
Former head of Diamond Book Distributors, Kuo-Yu Liang will transition to focus on growing Diamond Book Distributors international customer base as Vice President of International Sales & Business Development, while also working more closely with the overall Diamond team on various business development projects.
“We’ve always been aggressive about finding new international markets for English language comics and graphic novels,” commented Fletcher, “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.”
ABOUT DIAMOND BOOK DISTRIBUTORS (DBD)—DBD is a division of Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc., and is dedicated to making a wide selection of graphic novels and other pop culture merchandise available globally to bookstores, libraries, schools, online retailers, mass merchants and others. DBD is the home to many world class publishers including Image Comics, Oni Press, Udon Books, Paizo Publishing and many others. For more information, visit Diamond Books on the web at www.diamondbookdistributors.com.
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