Industry expert Ferron joins Automotive News Group

J Ferron will be responsible for international expansion of the Automotive News Group.
J Ferron, a well-known expert on automotive issues, has joined Automotive News as director of strategic development, with responsibility for international expansion of the Automotive News Group.

Until retiring last summer as a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ferron worked more than 25 years on issues affecting the auto industry. At PwC, his efforts spanned from suppliers to vehicle assemblers to retailing.

From 1985 to 1990, he was a research associate working with the International Motor Vehicle Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The MIT program led to the publication of the landmark study on manufacturing, The Machine that Changed the World.

Ferron has been a senior partner at J.D. Power and Associates and managing director of its Tokyo joint venture company. Before that, he was vice president of the National Automobile Dealers Association.

Ferron, 60, is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with a bachelor's degree in international affairs. He is a lawyer, graduating with a juris doctor degree from The National Law Center of George Washington University and has been awarded an honorary doctor of laws from Northwood University. He and his wife, Lynn, live in suburban Detroit.

Crain Communications' Automotive News is the flagship of a group of automotive publications and online products serving automotive professionals around the world. Other publications are Automotive News Europe, a pan-European, English-language newspaper; the German-language Automobilwoche, which serves the German automobile industry; and Automotive News China, a suite of online products in both English and Chinese.

Ferron will be based in Detroit and report to Automotive News Publisher Keith Crain. 

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