DETROIT — Brennan Lafferty, publisher of Tire Business since 2019, is leaving the company effective Jan. 31.
He's joining Troy, Mich.-based Motormindz, an automotive industry consultancy, where he will be senior vice president of strategy and business development.
"I am filled with gratitude for my many years at Crain. KC Crain and the Crain family gave me the chance of a lifetime. I'm also so thankful to the team at Tire Business and the entire Global Polymer Group," Lafferty said.
"These people are the most hard-working, dedicated group of professionals. We've traveled the world, laughed, succeeded, failed and tried again. Between our staff and the amazing people in the industries we cover, I've made friendships that will last forever.
"I'm so excited for what's next. Joining Motormindz and working alongside Jeff VanDongen and Jason Stein will give me a chance to grow, learn and contribute to a new team. I look forward to building upon their success."
Lafferty has had a 29-year career in publishing, including 25 years at Detroit-based Crain Communications Inc., the parent company of Tire Business. He joined the company in January 1997 as a copy editor at Waste News, based in Akron. He was promoted to managing editor in 1999 and moved to the commercial side in 2007 as an account executive.
In 2011, he was promoted to publisher and helped move the renamed Waste & Recycling News brand to Detroit.
In 2019, Lafferty succeeded longtime publisher David Zielasko as publisher of Tire Business and its sister publication, Rubber News. Both are based in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
Lafferty also serves as publisher of Plastics News, Urethanes Technology International and Sustainable Plastics, and is leader of the UTECH brand.