CEO quits Trader Media Group by Steve Shipside in Automotive 20 Sep 2012 John King, CEO of Trader Media Group (owner of U.K.'s Auto Trader) has resigned in what seems to be a surprise move with no explanation offered by the company. King issued a rather cryptic statement saying that; "The business needs a leader to commit long-term to the next stage of the firm's development." This could refer to dispute over the potential floation suggested last year for the group This article is only available to AIM Group clients. Please subscribe now or log in to view. Share auto traderTrader Media Groupu.k.United Kingdom Steve Shipside Steve Shipside has been a technology and business journalist since 1990. He has written for numerous daily newspapers (Guardian, Times, Telegraph etc.), websites (including the BBC), and TV (he was a presenter for the Blue Chip business program on Sky TV). Over the years he has written just about everything from celebrity chef interviews for Healthy Eating magazine to Spice Girls profiles for French fashion magazine Citizen K. His specialty, however, is communications and marketing, which is a subject that he covered extensively for Wired as well as trade titles Campaign, Ads International, and Revolution. He has also published books on e-marketing (Capstone), presentations (Dorling Kindersley), communicating effectively (DK), and CVs (Dummies guides). He is based in Paris and London and writes news, features, and analysis on the U.K. and French markets for the AIM Group, as well as training French newspaper journalists in the dark arts of social media.