Gonzalo Ferreyra upped to VP Sales, Publishing & Home Video. He replaces Dudley Jahnke, who left last month. Moneka Hewlett is also now Director of Sales, Publishing, Sales, and Brian Ige
has been promoted to Director Of Sales, Home Video
Ferreyra assumes his new position immediately and will oversee all VIZ Media’s book publishing and home video sales efforts in North America and Canada. He will continue to report directly to VIZ Media’s President and CEO, Hidemi Fukuhara. In addition to Ferreyra’s promotion, Brian Ige, formerly Sales Manager, has been named Director of Sales, Home Video, and Moneka Hewlett has joined the publishing division as Director of Sales. Previously Hewlett held the Director of Consumer Marketing position for VIZ Media’s Magazines Division. Both Ige and Hewlett will report to Ferreyra.
Ferreyra brings to VIZ Media over 16 years of experience in the book publishing industry, and was previously Director of Sales for Home Video with VIZ Media. Prior to joining VIZ Media, he served as Director of Sales and Marketing for Ten Speed Press. His background includes working at Borders Group, Inc. in various capacities including Buyer and Associate Director of Bargain and Custom Publishing.
“We are pleased and excited to have Gonzalo Ferreyra take on this new critical role at VIZ Media,” states Hidemi Fukuhara, CEO of VIZ Media. “He has demonstrated and proven his expertise in handling the sales arena, and he will no doubt be as much of an asset on the publishing side as he was on home video. We are confident that these changes in the Sales department will continue to strengthen our partnerships with retailers and our distributor, Simon & Schuster, as we continue to build the future of Japanese manga throughout the world.”
“I am very excited to take on this new responsibility given my background in publishing sales,” adds Ferreyra. “Manga is the fastest growing arena in the publishing industry, and it’s great to be part of the continued growth of such best-selling titles as NARUTO, BLEACH and DEATH NOTE. The changes in the sales department, with Brian Ige and Moneka Hewlett moving into their new roles, will allow us to focus more clearly on the two product categories and better serve our retail partners. The wealth and diversity of all our titles allows us to grow and develop manga as a category and to continue to develop new readers for our shojo titles and key imprints. I look forward to making a substantial contribution to VIZ Media’s success on the publishing side while continuing to grow our home video business.”