IDW Reorganizes Management

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In a move necessitated by a steady level of company growth, IDW Publishing has announced some personnel changes, effective immediately. Ted Adams, formerly President and Publisher and one of the founding partners of Idea and Design Works, IDW Publishing’s parent company, will become Vice-President, Business Development, handing off his additional duties to other IDW personnel:

• Robbie Robbins, another founding partner and head designer, will assume the title of President of Idea and Design Works, LLC.

• Chris Ryall, IDW Publishing’s Editor-in-Chief, will take over as the company’s Publisher while also maintaining his duties as the company’s EIC.

• Matt Ruzicka is a new addition to the company and is set to become IDW’s Controller.

By spreading Adams’ diverse duties amongst Robbins, Ryall and Ruzicka, Adams himself is in a better position to diversify the company’s product base. "We've been working behind-the-scenes on these changes for several months and I have complete confidence in the direction Robbie, Chris, and Matt are going to take IDW Publishing,” Adams said. “When we first published Uno Fanta by Ashley Wood in July of 2001, I never expected that four years later IDW Publishing would be the business it has become. I'm proud of the books we've published over the last four years and am especially proud of being named “Publisher of the Year” the last two years running. Our publishing schedule for 2006 is incredibly strong and I can't wait for everyone to learn what we've got planned.”

He followed this up by stating that “On a personal level, I'm excited about getting back to what I enjoy, creating new business opportunities for our company."

Ryall, who joined the company in July 2004, was also very excited about the opportunities presented by this reorganization. “I’m looking forward to directly steering our entire publishing line and appreciate the faith that Ted and Robbie have in me to do so,” Ryall said. “At the same time, freeing Ted up to focus on what he really enjoys will also only serve to make us a more effective and solid company.”

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