Lane Changes – March 2009

Hachette Filipacchi Media has named Eddie Alterman, vice president and editor-in-chief of CAR AND DRIVER. He replaces John Owen who served as acting editor following the departure of Csaba Csere at the end of 2008. . . . The hundreds of thousands of former auto industry workers flooding the job markets include thousands of uniquely skilled specialists in varied fields fromDodge Ram Pick Up - Photo by John Donabedian lumbar support to lubricants, fabrics to fasteners.  One such is John Donabedian who specialized for 10 years in getting inside a vehicles designer’s head, seeing his or her vision and then capturing it digitally in development and at birth. He likens it to revealing the “soul” of the product. A kind of passionate involvement the industry can no longer staff full-time, so he too, is one of the highly skilled looking to change lanes. Contact John c/o

WINDING ROAD E-magazine named Seyth Miersma as managing editor. . . After a lengthy but unsuccessful search for a new owner, The Rocky Mountain News closed the doors on the 150-year-old daily. Dave Van Sickle has a new email address: and is in the process of launching a new website of product news and reviews:

Finbarr O’Neill, whose name and frequent job shifts, keep him memorable, is now president of J.D. Power & Associates. Previously, he was a top executive with, Toyota, Hyundai, Mitsubishi and Reynolds & Reynolds. . . .Royal Ford, writing for his new employer, Global Post penned a moving tribute there to the late Porsche PR man Bob Carlson. If the link doesn’t work, click on beats at the site then select wheels.

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  1. Susan Frissell

    This is a great resource for all of us in the industry. I learn so much reading Glenn’s missives and info each time it comes.

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