Today, Diamond confirms that Bowen is no longer with the company and that their Manager of Retail Technology, Cheryl Sleboda will be taking on much of his role at Diamond Digital, while other aspects will be shared between the distributor’s Customer Service, Purchasing and Marketing departments.
Michael Murphy of iVerse, Diamond’s partner in the Diamond Digital endeavour, letting comic stores sell comics in a digital fashion through a series of codes, did talk to Bleeding Cool, telling me;
The Diamond Digital program has not stopped or slowed because of layoffs at Diamond. Obviously, I’m not a Diamond rep and can’t speak with authority on their internal matters, but I can speak on things from the iVerse perspective, and we coordinate with Diamond almost every day about Diamond Digital, and none of that has stopped or slowed.
The primary development team for all the software related to Diamond Digital is still at both iVerse and Diamond, and we’re all continuing to move the program forward. As you know it’s live right now with a number of beta retailers. Diamond will be announcing a full role out very soon. There are great people at Diamond that are filling the void left by these recent events, and I feel very confident that they will be more than capable of continuing the program.
On a personal note Dave Bowen is a friend and was absolutely instrumental in getting the program to where it’s at, and I wish him the best in all his future endeavors.
Meetings with retailers at San Diego Comic Con would be a good time for Diamond to clarify any issues here…