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Chicago—Gloria Scoby, senior VP-group publisher of Crain Communications Inc., plans to retire next February, company President Rance Crain announced Tuesday in a memo to employees.

“I’m leaving, but I’m not leaving,” said Scoby, who joined Crain in 1978 to help launch Crain’s Chicago Business. “I’ve agreed to give the company a quarter of my time—most specifically to make sure the 2008 business plans are properly executed.”

Scoby added that she will continue to work with individual publishers of Crain publications, including Advertising Age, BtoB, Business Insurance, Crain’s Chicago Business and Crain’s New York Business, among others.

Rance Crain said in his memo that David Klein, publishing/editorial director of Advertising Age, will take on Scoby’s duties for marketing-related titles. Bill Bisson, group publisher, editorial director-financial publications, will take on Scoby’s duties for the financial books. Rance Crain will oversee Crain’s Chicago Business and Crain’s New York Business.

In the memo, he praised Scoby’s contributions to the company. “Gloria has a knack for seeing things before the rest of us do,” the memo said. “When the big downturn was about to come after the Internet bubble burst, she saw that and had us hunker down. We hunkered before other publishers knew what hit them—and we remain stronger today because of the action we took then.”

Crain Communications also publishes Media Business.

—Matthew Schwartz

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