DETROIT -- Longtime Automotive News executive Peter Brown will become publisher Jan. 1, assuming the title from Keith Crain, who will remain editor-in-chief and continue his weekly column in the print publication.
Brown, 61, has guided the editorial and commercial operations of Automotive News since 1992 when he was promoted from editor to associate publisher. In his new role he will remain editorial director.
“Today Automotive News is a multimedia enterprise known worldwide,” Crain said. “I know that the Automotive News brand is in excellent hands and will continue its record growth with Peter as publisher.”
Brown joined Automotive News as editor in February 1989 after four years as the founding editor of Crain’s Detroit Business. He was named a vice president of Crain Communications Inc. in 1994.
During his tenure, Brown has led Automotive News to dramatic growth and global prominence with a suite of print and online products covering the entire automotive industry.
Included in the Automotive News family is the weekly publication as well as Automotive News Europe, Automotive News China, autonews.com, Automotive News TV daily newscasts, digital editions, data, Webinars, conferences, events and a variety of e-mail newsletters.
Brown oversees more than 50 automotive reporters and editors around the world.
Brown joined Crain Communications in 1984 from the Detroit Free Press.