International Editor James R. Crate has retired from Automotive News after 14 years.
Crate, 62, joined the paper in 1990. He came from the International Herald Tribune in Paris, where he was the business and financial editor.
Previously, he had worked at The New York Times, the Miami Herald and The Ottawa (Ontario) Journal. Crate, who attended Michigan State University, has been honored with several national journalism awards.
In the wake of Crate's retirement, Automotive News has hired one editor and reassigned another.
Kushma joins the staff from The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn., where he was editorial page editor for six years.
Before that he spent 17 years as an editor, editorial writer, columnist and reporter at the Detroit Free Press. His last title there was associate editor. He spent several years as an automotive writer, primarily covering General Motors.
From 1977 to 1980 he was a reporter at the Philadelphia Bulletin.
Kushma has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree
in journalism and mass communication from the University of Minnesota.
Johnson, 50, joined Automotive News in 1984. He worked in bureaus in Frankfurt and Tokyo before becoming the founding editor of Automotive News Europe in London in 1995. Johnson returned to Detroit last year and since has guided Automotive News' coverage of retail issues.