Mr. Crain's duties as advertising director will be assumed by Tony Foster, who had been AutoWeek's Midwest advertising manager but was promoted to advertising-sales manager as part of the changes.
Mr. Crain joined the title, which is an Advertising Age sibling in Crain Communications, in June 2005 and was named advertising director in April 2006. Before AutoWeek, he worked as a reporter at Automotive News, another Crain title, and previously was part of Crain's new-media department.
'The next level'
Mr. Merpi, a Crain VP, started at the company in 1976, when he joined the ad sales department at Automotive News.
"We have a great team in place to take AutoWeek to the next level," said Keith Crain, chairman of Crain Communications, in a statement.