Kuo-Yu Liang, who headed up Diamond Book Distributors when it began in 2002, has left Diamond to join convention organizer ReedPOP as Global Director of Business Development, a new position. He’ll focus on growing the ReedPOP business across the globe, particularly in Asia, where they already have nine shows China, Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea and India.
Liang was most recently Vice President International Sales and Business Development at Diamond Comic Distributors, a position he took up last year after heading DBD for over a decade. He led Diamond’s bookstore division just as the graphic novel business was taking off in the US and was a key player in all that has followed.
ReedPOP’s Lance Fensterman tweeted his enthusiasm about the move:
https://t.co/EcGmUtkNmJ Really proud of this one. I've known Ku for a decade. Pleased that someone of his talent wants to throw in with us and build fun for fans around the world.
— lfensterman (@lfensterman) February 2, 2018
At ReedPOP he’ll lead the convention model as it spreads around the world:
For over 30 years Liang has built a reputation on connecting brands, creators, fans and ideas to create mutually beneficial partnerships. During his tenure at Diamond Comic Distributors he created the company’s international bookstore division, which led to significant growth in distributing graphic novels, manga, pop culture collectibles, and table top games globally into 75 countries. This same background and expertise will be used to push the ReedPOP portfolio forward in exciting new ways while always putting fans first in the decision-making process. Liang will be based in Seattle and will split time between seeing customers, fans and ReedPOP teams around the world as well as at the ReedPOP Global Command Center in Norwalk, CT.
“Being able to have someone join our team with the pedigree and experience that Kuo-Yu has is a dream come true. His ability to create communities, connect creators, navigate multiple cultures, see upcoming trends in pop culture and build a business by bringing buyers and sellers together have all prepared him perfectly for his new role with us,” said Lance Fensterman, Global Head of ReedPOP.
“I want to thank Roger Fletcher, Steve Geppi and all the men and women at Diamond Comic Distributors for the faith and support they have given me all these years. They have helped me grow as a person, and I will be forever grateful. Now, at Reed Pop, I look forward to work closely with Diamond Comic Distributors to build pop culture communities around the globe. I am very excited to be joining a company and culture that is comprised of people who have a true passion for what they do and strong belief in where they are headed,” said Liang.
PW reported on the move here, with more comments from Liang.
Speaking of ReedPOP, they have quite a few openings for their burgeoning portfolio of shows.
Speaking of Diamond, Jim Kuhoric has rejoined Diamond as Purchasing Director, Kuhoric will oversee the business dealings for Diamond with a variety of comic book publishers. Kuhoric was formerly at Diamond from December 1994 to April 2011 before leaving to join Avatar Press, later joining Dynamite.
Comings and goings as the new year begins, indeed.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.