James Crellin, former director of communications at GM, dies

James Crellin, former director of communications at General Motors, where he worked for 25 years after a short career in journalism, died Nov. 4 at his home in Michigan. He was 81.

UPDATED: 11/17/17 2:39 pm ET - adds details, corrected
Jay Amestoy, retired head of PR for Mazda, dies after lengthy illness

Jay Amestoy, who spent more than two decades at the public relations helm at Mazda North America and previously worked in public relations for Volkswagen Group of America, died late Thursday. He was 69.

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