AutoWeek names new publisher

DETROIT -- AutoWeek Magazine has named Keith "K.C." Crain Jr. publisher, Tony Merpi publishing director and Tony Foster advertising sales manager of the weekly auto enthusiast magazine published by Crain Communications Inc.

In making the announcement, Keith Crain, chairman of Crain Communications said, "We have a great team in place to take AutoWeek to the next level."

Crain Jr. joined AutoWeek in June 2005 and was named ad director in April 2006. Prior to his position at AutoWeek, he served as a reporter with AutoWeek's sister publication, Automotive News, and was an early member of Crain Communications Inc.'s corporate New Media department.

Tony Merpi is a 31-year veteran of Crain Communications. He joined Automotive News in 1976 in advertising sales. Merpi also served in the role of director of sales and marketing of the Automotive News Group, responsible for overseeing the marketing and sales efforts of all the Crain Communications automotive titles. He most recently served as publisher of AutoWeek and was named a vice president of Crain Communications in 2000.

Tony Foster joined Crain Communications in 1997 as a financial analyst. Foster joined Automotive News as a sales representative in 1999 and most recently as midwest advertising manager for AutoWeek.

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