Detroit—Crain Communications Inc. VP KC Crain has been named group publisher of the Automotive Group, which includes Automotive News, Automotive News Europe, Automobilwoche and Autoweek.
Crain will continue as publisher of Autoweek and group publisher of Plastics News, European Plastics News, Rubber & Plastics News, European Rubber Journal, Plastics and Rubber Weekly, Tire Business, Waste & Recycling News and Urethanes Technology International.
Crain Communications also announced that Jason Stein has been promoted to publisher of Automotive News, effective April 30. He succeeds Peter Brown, VP-publisher of Automotive News, who is retiring. Stein currently is associate publisher and editor of Automotive News. He will retain the editor title.
Brown joined Automotive News as editor in 1989 after having served 4½ years as the founding editor of Crain's Detroit Business. He became publisher of Automotive News in January 2010 after serving as associate publisher and editorial director since 1992.
“Peter is a great news man, business leader and true friend,” said Keith Crain, chairman of Crain Communications and editor in chief of Automotive News. “He has given his heart and soul to Automotive News and the company. We will miss him.”
Stein joined Automotive News as a reporter in 2003 and was assigned to Munich, Germany, in 2005 with sibling publication Automotive News Europe. In 2007, he was named publisher of Automotive News Europe. Two years later he returned to Detroit as editor of Automotive News. In November 2012 he added associate publisher to his editor duties.
Crain Communications also publishes BtoB and Media Business.