Peter Brown, VP-publisher at Ad Age sibling Automotive News, plans to retire April 30, Crain Communications said today.
Mr. Brown has worked at Automotive News since 1989, when he joined as editor after helping found Crain's Detroit Business, became associate publisher and editorial director in 1992 and was named publisher in 2010.
Jason Stein, associate publisher and editor at Automotive News, will succeed Mr. Brown as publisher and will continue as editor. Mr. Stein joined Automotive News as a reporter in 2003, with a stint as publisher of Automotive News Europe. In his new role Mr. Stein, 41, will oversee more than 50 automotive reporters and editors around the world and lead the publication's sales, marketing, event and circulation departments.
In addition, KC Crain, VP at Crain Communications, was named group publisher of the Automotive Group, which includes Automotive News, Automotive News Europe, Automobilwoche and Autoweek. Mr. Crain, 33, continues as publisher of Autoweek and group publisher of titles including Plastics News, European Plastics News, Rubber & Plastics News and Tire Business.
"Peter is a great news man, business leader and true friend," said Keith Crain, chairman of Crain Communications and editor-in-chief at Automotive News, in a statement released by the company. "He has given his heart and soul to Automotive News and the company. We will miss him."
Mr. Brown, 64, said he has enjoyed his long tenure with the company. "Now it's time for me to try some new things," he said in a statement. "And it's time for Jason Stein, who has had great and varied experiences with the company, to lead our incredibly talented and dedicated team to take on the new challenges and opportunities in this rapidly evolving industry."
~ Ad Age staff ~