Award-winning comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment today named Gavin Cuneo to the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO). A founding member of the Valiant Entertainment management team, Cuneo joined the company as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Head of Strategic Development, as well as a member of the Board of Directors, in 2011.
Cuneo’s new appointment reflects his previously expanded management role within Valiant, where he has played an integral role in the growth of the company’s business operations in print publishing, licensing, digital media, and film since Valiant’s 2012 relaunch. Cuneo will also retain his duties as CFO under the new position.”This is an extremely exciting time for Valiant,” said Cuneo. “With our roots firmly established in the comic book industry, the company is now entering its next exciting phase of growth and I am delighted to be able to play a part in making that happen. It has been an incredible journey over the last four years and I am massively excited about what the future holds for Valiant, our creators, and our staff.”“Gavin has played a vital part in Valiant’s success over the past four years and his new title reflects the broader leadership role he already serves within the company,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “Since Valiant’s return, he has not only led our financial and capital-raising efforts, but informed all facets of the company’s operations as well.”Prior to Valiant, Cuneo spent more than a decade working in the financial sector at both Merrill Lynch & Co and the U.S. Trust Company.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, Valiant is one of the most successful comic book publishing companies in the history of the medium with more than 81 million comics sold and a library of more than 2,000 distinct characters. Established by a brain trust of legendary comics creators, Valiant’s heroes and villains inhabit the largest independently owned superhero universe anywhere in comics. Re-established in 2005 as Valiant Entertainment, the company returned to great commercial and critical success in 2012, winning a Diamond Gem Award for Publisher of the Year and numerous industry awards and accolades. To date, Valiant’s titles consistently rate among the best reviewed in comics.
In 2015, Valiant announced that it has raised nine-figures of film financing capital for the production of theatrical films and television programs based on Valiant’s library of iconic superhero characters