IDW Publishing has announced the hiring (and in some cases re-hiring) of five individuals for key executive roles within the company in what is framed as a rebuilding of the company's foundation.
In an announcement sent out Wednesday, the San Diego publisher announced the addition of Tara McCrillis, Jud Meyers, and Anna Morrow, and the return of Rebekah Cahalin and Rosalind Morehead.
"It’s been quite a year of change for IDW’s publishing division, and we’re incredibly happy with key roles within the organization being filled by some new and some well-missed faces," said IDW's President/Publisher/CCO Chris Ryall. "We have rebuilt the foundation of the entire publishing company in an exciting way, with knowledgeable, experienced, and well-respected people in all of these roles. IDW has long been adept at making good books and now we’ve stabilized the entire foundation for the next iteration in IDW’s ongoing evolution as a publisher of premier comic books, graphic novels, art books, games and more."
Former IDW Digital Media Director Rebekah Cahalin returns to the company in a new role as General Manager/Head of Operations. In this new role, Cahalin will oversee the Operations, Human Resources, and IT departments.
"I'm thrilled to be back at IDW Publishing as General Manager / Head of Ops," said Cahalin in a statement. "We have the hardest-working people in comics here at IDW and I'm incredibly grateful to be part of the team."
Cahalin previously worked at IDW from 2009 to 2018, growing from a temp in the archive department to becoming the company's Digital Media Director before her departure in 2018.
Tara McCrillis has joined IDW as its Director of Design & Production, coming in from a similar position at Fodor's Travel. At IDW, McCrillis will be responsible for project management between the Editorial, Digital Design and Operations departments and assigning work at all levels of comic book, graphic novel, design and production.
"I am honored to join the hard-working team at IDW," said McCrillis. "I is my absolute passion to help companies evaluate the overall workflow process and make adjustments that allow their talented staff to maximize their creativity."
Jud Meyers jumps from Humanoids to IDW, coming in as its Sales Director. In this role, Meyers will oversee sales in all of the company's comic, book, and game markets.
"IDW Publishing has always been both at the forefront of creator-driven, original content and the home of many of the most prestigious licenses in the worlds of entertainment and popular culture," said Meyers. "It's an honor to be in a position to help expand their reach even further, from young readers to their loyal global fan base who are hungry for more groundbreaking and entertaining comic book and graphic novel content."
IDW's new Marketing Director is Anna Morrow, who joins the company after two years in a similar position at DC.
"I’m thrilled to join IDW Publishing, a publishing company with a celebrated 20-year history of storytelling," said Morrow. "Connecting readers to books, stories and characters they’ll love has been a long-held passion of mine and I look forward to helping IDW further expand its audience of comics and graphic novels readers of all ages and backgrounds."
Newsarama reported on Rosalind Morehead's return earlier this year from DC.
"IDW Publishing was my first home in the industry that I love, and I am overjoyed to be back," said Morehead. "I am beyond excited to service the Direct Market – what I consider to be the best commercial space on the planet. I love the comic book store environment and am honored to work with the amazing women and men whose tireless efforts deliver that experience. I really look forward to helping IDW and the Direct Market grow together."