KC Crain Jr. is the president and chief operating officer for Crain Communications Inc., overseeing the technology, knowledge management, audience development and digital teams for the organization. He is also group publisher of Crain’s Chicago Business, Crain’s Detroit Business and all brands under Crain’s Automotive Group and Global Polymer Group, which include Automotive News and Plastics News. Previously, he served as vice president of Crain Communications, as well as associate publisher and advertising director at Autoweek.
Crain serves on the boards of the Detroit Children’s Fund, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and the Young Presidents’ Organization. He is also a trustee of the College for Creative Studies. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from Denison University.