Virginie Daudin Clavaud is appointed CEO of Pika Edition
Alain Kahn having decided to pursue other interests and to not request the renewal of his term as Chairman of Pika, Virginie Daudin Clavaud is appointed Chief Executive Officer of Pika Edition (Directrice Générale de Pika Edition). Virginie Daudin Clavaud will be reporting to Isabelle Magnac, Executive Vice-President Illustrated Books and CEO Partworks subsidiaries, who will therefore take over as Chairman of Pika. « During all these years I’ve been working closely with my japanese partners with many shared successes and I deeply thank them for their unwavering support. I am totally confident in the bright future of the French market and I am convinced that Pika Edition will continue to sustain and develop the manga business ».
Alain Kahn founded Pika in 2000. Acquired by Hachette Livre in 2007, Pika is the second largest french manga publisher with a 2000 title backlist. Pika created more than 200 series and acquired the young readers imprimt Nobi Nobi in 2016.
A graduate of the French business school “Institut Supérieur de Gestion », Virginie Daudin Clavaud joined Hachette Livre in 1996 as a controller in the general literature department and subsequently in various publishing houses within the Group (Le Chêne, Hachette Jeunesse, Marabout). In 2000, she left Hachette Livre in order to found a music production company and to produce contemporary songwriters and composers. In 2004 she came back to Hachette Livre as a controller in the illustrated books department prior to being appointed Secretary general of Pika in 2008.
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