As a leader in the publishing industry, Keith Crain is recognized internationally for his contributions to the automotive industry.
Mr. Crain is chairman of Crain Communications Inc, a privately held company that produces over
27 business, trade and consumer publications and news websites. It employs approximately 850 people in 11 offices internationally. His responsibilities include overseeing several publications including Automotive News and Autoweek. In 2002, Mr. Crain launched Automobilwoche (meaning Automobile Week). Named “Business Publication of the Year” in 2005 by the German trade press association, the German-language newspaper covers the entire new vehicle industry, from suppliers to automakers to franchised dealers.
Among his list of accomplishments is the development of the Automotive News World Congress as an international forum for industry leaders and the assistance in the development of the annual North American International Auto Show in Detroit. In 1997, Automotive News Europe launched the European World Congress.
Mr. Crain attended Northwestern University and holds honorary doctorate degrees from four universities.
Mr. Crain is active in a myriad of civic and professional associations. His leadership positions include serving as chairman of the board of the College for Creative Studies, a college of fine arts and design. He serves on the boards of directors for the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, Gilmore Car Museum and the Automotive Hall of Fame.