Tokyopop Get New Director of UK Sales


Los Angeles, CA (January 7, 2004)--On the heels of a year filled with unprecedented success in North America, leading U.S. manga publisher TOKYOPOP Inc. has named Dennis McGuirk its Retail Sales Director, U.K. In this newly created position, McGuirk will support the company's expansion plans throughout the United Kingdom. He will report directly to TOKYOPOP's VP, Sales & Distribution, Steve Kleckner.

With a proven track record in increasing profitability, developing strong teams and motivating personnel, McGuirk brings a wealth of publishing industry sales experience to his TOKYOPOP post. He was most recently Director of Sales & Marketing for Chrysalis Children's Books. In this role, McGuirk was not only responsible for sales worldwide, but also for appointing key partners and effectively reshaping the division. His efforts helped the company achieve set goals and ultimately gave Chrysalis a much stronger position in the trade. McGuirk's experience also includes roles at Top That! Publishing, Penguin/Ladybird Books, WN Sharpe Ltd. and Federal Express.

"We are thrilled to add someone of Dennis' stature to our team," said Kleckner. "He is a proven winner in distribution, and shares our passion for the possibilities that the U.K. market provides. With Dennis in place, TOKYOPOP will be better able to service our customers and guide our growth in the U.K."

TOKYOPOP Inc. is the leading North American publisher of manga, the fastest growing segment within the publishing industry. With exclusive rights to hundreds of licensed and original book, video and music properties, the company has rapidly become a media convergence leader. TOKYOPOP has millions of books in print and publishes many hit manga series, including Love Hina, Chobits, Rave Master, Initial D, GTO, Battle Royale and Cowboy Bebop. The company pioneered Cine-Manga(tm), releasing such titles as Finding Nemo, SpongeBob SquarePants, Lizzie McGuire and Transformers Armada. TOKYOPOP television properties include Rave Master, GTO and Reign: The Conqueror. The company has also expanded its presence as a licensor, representing merchandising rights for Rave Master, Initial D, Stray Sheep and others. Visit for additional information.

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