From Archie Comics
June 26, 2012
ARCHIE COMICS ANNOUNCES ADDITIONS, PROMOTIONS TO COMPANY’S EXECUTIVE TEAM
Leading comic company adds Jim Sokolowski as Senior Vice President – Sales and Business Development; names Harold Buchholz, Senior Vice President – Publishing and Operations; Paul Kaminski, Executive Director of Editorial; Alex Segura, Vice President – Publicity and Marketing
New York, NY – Archie Comics, one of the leading children’s comic book publishers in the world and the home to some of the most recognizable pop culture characters in the world, including Archie, Betty and Veronica, Jughead, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Josie and the Pussycats, proudly announced a slate of promotions and additions to the company’s executive board today, geared toward continuing the unprecedented success experienced over the last two years.
“This is a very exciting time for Archie, and we’ve made some moves to continue the great success we’ve experienced going,” said Archie Comics Co-CEO Jon Goldwater. “The addition of Ski is essential to solidifying our place in an ever-changing market, especially with new properties like NEW CRUSADERS and our growing Red Circle imprint. I couldn’t be happier to welcome him aboard.”
“Promoting Harold, Paul and Alex was a no-brainer. These three individuals have proven themselves to be essential to the company from the moment they each stepped into our offices. I’m excited to have them as part of our team. The sky’s the limit for Archie, and we’re fully-equipped to maximize some of the best-known characters in the world to an ever-growing audience.”
• Jim Sokolowski, formerly of Marvel and DC Comics, joins Archie as Senior Vice President – Sales and Business Development. “Ski” will oversee the company’s sales efforts in the direct, bookstore, digital and newsstand markets and guide plans to expand the reach of the company’s iconic characters and storylines. “Ski” brings a wealth of experience to the company, having previously served as Chief Operating Officer at Marvel and Executive Director of Publishing Operations at DC Comics.
In addition to the new faces, Archie Comics is proud to announce the promotion of a few key staff members to executive positions.
• Harold Buchholz has been promoted from Executive Director of Publishing and Operations to Senior Vice President – Publishing and Operations. Buchholz will continue to oversee the company’s distribution, printing and packaging in order to maximize sales through various channels. Thanks to Buchholz’s diligent efforts, Archie has seen a significant spike in graphic novel output, profitability and visibility – reaching a previously untapped number of new and returning fans. Prior to Archie, Buchholz worked with Jimmy Gownley and Renaissance Press on the popular Amelia Rules! line of graphic novels and was president of Acredale Media, an all-ages comic book print brokerage and consulting service. In addition to his work at Archie, Buchholz is also a cartoonist and writer, and has taught animation and entrepreneurship on the college level.
• Paul Kaminski, editor of SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, SONIC UNIVERSE, MEGA MAN, STAN LEE AND THE MIGHTY SEVEN and NEW CRUSADERS, has been promoted to Executive Director of Editorial. In his new role, Paul will oversee the editorial side of Archie’s graphic novel and comic book output and coordinate the editorial side of Archie’s entire line of titles and imprints. Kaminski saw Archie’s licensed titles, including SONIC and MEGA MAN, rise to new heights of success during his tenure as editor, and will bring his keen editorial insight and managerial style to the company as a whole. A BFA graduate of the School of Visual Arts, Kaminski brings a lifelong love of comics, music and pop culture to his work.
• Alex Segura has been promoted from Executive Director of Publicity and Marketing to Vice President – Publicity and Marketing, and will continue to oversee the company’s external messaging to the press, social media and marketing outlets. Since his arrival at Archie, the company has seen an unprecedented spike in attention and critical praise, including regular andfocused news, feature and review attention in the mainstream, book trade and pop culture press, including THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, CBS NEWS, THE DAILY MAIL and more. Before coming to Archie, Segura worked at DC Comics. In addition to his publicity and marketing work for the company, Segura was also the writer of the best-selling ARCHIE MEETS KISS storyline among other stories.