John Rossant Books & Biography
John Rossant is the founder and CEO of CoMotion, the Los Angeles-based event and media platform on new mobility. CoMotion is the organizer of CoMotion LA, the prestigious annual gathering in Los Angeles of public and private sector leaders of the Mobility Revolution. CoMotion is also behind CoMotion MIAMI, a new annual event on new mobility in the Americas and is preparing the launch of the CoMo3000 EV Rally - a New York-to-Los Angeles Electric Vehicle rally that will be the first and longest such rally in the world.
In 2010, John founded the NewCities Foundation, which he continue to chair. He believes it is imperative that different stakeholders work together to improve the quality of life and work in 21st century global cities. From the outset, NewCities mission has been to shape a better urban future for all by generating and scaling ideas and solutions through events, research and urban innovation projects.
John had previously been Executive Chairman of PublicisLive in Geneva, responsible for the production of some of the world’s most prestigious events, in particular the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos and other WEF events around the world. In 2010, the President of France asked him to organize the e-G8 Forum on the future of the internet.
A former journalist and magazine editor, John held several senior editorial positions at BusinessWeek, including Europe Editor, as well as Paris, Rome and Middle East correspondent. He has received a number of prestigious awards, including the Overseas Press Club Award and the German Marshall Fund’s Peter Weitz Award for Distinguished Reporting. John holds advanced degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the American University in Cairo. He is a member of the board of the Fondation Tocqueville in Paris, Humanity in Action, and is a member of the Advisory Board of NEOM, a large new city development in north-western Saudi Arabia.