Ceppos replaces Leon Mandel, recipient of the Automotive Hall of Fame 2000 Distinguished Service Citation, who will remain with the magazine as publisher emeritus.
"With nearly 30 years in automotive journalism and communications, Rich has tremendous experience and deep knowledge of the industry," said Keith Crain, chairman of Crain Communications Inc., which publishes AutoWeek and Automotive News. "And I am also pleased that Leon will continue to be a prominent face of the magazine that he has grown so well as publisher, columnist and public car guy. Their combined experience and love of cars makes them excellent drivers of our publication for our readers."
Ceppos joins AutoWeek on Dec. 10. He is executive vice president of Campbell & Co., a marketing communications firm.
Before joining Campbell in 1995, Ceppos held a number of editorial posts at major national publications, including Automobile, Car and Driver and Popular Science magazines.
Mandel was named publisher of AutoWeek in 1988 from editor-in-chief. He has been reporting and writing about the car world for nearly 40 years. He began his career at a weekly newspaper in Northern California and was variously editor of Competition Press, senior editor at Motor Trend and managing editor of Car and Driver.
He is the author of six books, including a one-volume history of the domestic car industry titled American Cars, which was an alternate selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club.
In his earlier years he sold cars for 15 years at a dealership under Kjell Qvale in San Francisco. In 2000, he received an Automotive Hall of Fame distinguished service citation recognizing him for decades of support of auto enthusiasm.