Richard Johnson, 50, has been named managing editor of Automotive News. He will oversee daily operations in the newsroom. After joining Automotive News in 1984, he handled overseas reporting assignments in Tokyo, Frankfurt and London. In 1996, Johnson launched Automotive News Europe and was its first editor. He returned to Detroit in 2003 and served as retail editor and international editor. Johnson earned a degree in English at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.
Charles Child, 52, replaces Johnson as international editor. Child will coordinate overseas automotive coverage, plus the activities of foreign automakers in the United States. Child joined Automotive News in 1993. He has held a number of reporting and editing jobs, including his most recent assignment as news editor. Child earned his journalism degree at the University of Michigan.
Dave Guilford, 55, succeeds Child as news editor. Guilford will coordinate coverage of General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and the Chrysler group. After joining Automotive News in 1999, Guilford held various reporting and editing jobs. Most recently, he was one of two reporters covering GM.
Jason Stein, 32, joins the two-man reporting team responsible for covering GM. Stein has been marketing reporter since 2003, when he joined Automotive News. Stein holds degrees in political science and economics from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.
All personnel moves take effect today, Aug. 16.