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Rubber News Publisher Lafferty stepping down

DETROIT—Brennan Lafferty, group publisher of Crain Communications Inc.’s Global Polymer Group, which includes Rubber News and sister publications Plastics News and Tire Business, is leaving the company Jan. 31.

Lafferty will join Troy, Mich.-based Motormindz, an automotive industry consultancy, where he will be senior vice president of strategy and business development. 

His career in publishing spans 29 years and includes 25 years at Detroit-based Crain Communications, the parent company of Rubber News.

"I am filled with gratitude for my many years at Crain. (CEO) KC Crain and the Crain family gave me the chance of a lifetime," Lafferty said. "I'm also so thankful to the team at Plastics News and the entire Global Polymer Group."

Lafferty joined Crain in January 1997 as a copy editor at Akron-based Waste News. He was promoted to managing editor in 1999 and moved to the commercial side in 2007 as an account executive. In 2011, Lafferty was promoted to publisher and helped move the renamed Waste & Recycling News brand to Detroit.

In 2013, Lafferty became the third publisher in the history of . He followed Lowell G. "Chris" Chrisman, the publication's founding publisher, who held the title from 1989-1993, and Tony Eagan, who was publisher from 1993-2013. In this role, Lafferty expanded Plastics News' events business and led the migration of that brand to Crain's Detroit headquarters

Publication date: 12/01/2022

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Last update: 2022-01-31