Lane Changes – November 2009

The shaking of the auto industry’s foundation and the downturn in advertising brought a sudden and serious retrenchment at NADA. The award-wining Auto Exec Magazine was shuttered Oct. 9 and all but one of the seasoned pros covering the dealer side of the automotive business were cut loose. Joe Phillips remains to work with NADA’s online communications department while Marc Stertz, Joan Mooney, Mary Anne Shreve and Peter Craig depart. Stertz chose to retire as executive director of publications after 21 years with the magazine which had its beginnings in 1917 and whose readership was recently ranked only behind Automotive News among automotive trade publications. Stertz plans to consult in publications management (print and online) and can be reached at Marcstertz@yahoo.com. Senior editors Joan Mooney and MaryAnne Shreve, and managing editor Peter Craig are on the market at this writing and can be reached respectively, at: jhmooney@verizon.net, maryanneshreve@verizon.net  and petercraig301@gomail.com

Joni Gray is an auto blogger for the L.A. Examiner.com and is busy on freelance assignments now that she has been laid off by the L.A. Times. A former Sr. Editor at Kelley Blue Book, and previously in advertising and marketing management with Mazda, Hyundai and Honda, she welcomes more freelance work and can be reached at jonigray2000@aol.com . . . Barry Toepke has departed RWB, LLC marketing and PR firm and is prepping announcement of the new, treasured responsibility he is undertaking in automotive PR.

Robert Farago may have stepped down as editor but not away from The Truth About Cars blog he founded. Still fighting to right wrongs wherever he sees them in autodom, he recently dissed Automotive News for chastising Fortune Magazine’s publication of insider criticisms of GM that bordered on gossip . . . . . AutoWeek has named Dutch Mandel associate publisher and editorial director, upped Roger Hart from managing editor to executive editor and named Wes Raynal editor of the print magazine and www.AutoWeek.com.

Nancy Lewis has departed SAE International and Sean Andreassi is now SAE’s Manager of Corporate Communications . . . . Michael Taylor has retired from the staff of the San Francisco Chronicle but still does occasional reviews for its auto blog Top Down (www.sfgate.com/autos). He can be reached for other assignments at: miketttt@att.net

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