DW Publishing Editor-in-Chief and Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall has left the San Diego-based company after 14 years, as confirmed by Ryall Wednesday on Twitter.
The news was first reported by The Beat, who add that Ryall’s exit was “entirely of his own volition.” Ryall announced the news in an email to staff, which is excerpted on The Beat.
“I’m stepping aside to take a break, get off the never-ending-deadline train and see what new challenge makes the most sense as my next move,” Ryall wrote. “It might seem short at times, but 14 years is a long time to do anything — I’ve certainly never done anything else in my life for this amount of time.”
Ryall joined IDW as Editor-in-Chief in June 2004, taking over from Jeff Mariotte as the second person to hold that position at the publisher. In 2010, Ryall was named the company’s first-ever Chief Creative Officer, while retaining the position of EiC. In 2016, David Hedgecock was promoted to IDW Editor-in-Chief, but Ryall was named EiC once again in Nov. 2017, with Hedgecock moving to Associate Publisher. Those shifts were part of an overall restructing at IDW, with co-founder and CEO Ted Adams stepping down as publisher, and company president Greg Goldstein taking on the role.
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