American Society of Magazine Editors

John Battelle

Editor in Chief and Chief Executive Officer


John Battelle is co-founder and chief executive officer of NewCo Platform. He is also chair of sovrn Holdings Inc.; a board director of Acxiom, Inc., a NYSE‐listed company; and a director at Chute Inc.  

Best known for his work creating media properties, Battelle founded Federated Media Publishing in 2005 and served as chief executive officer and chairman until the company was acquired in early 2014. In addition, Battelle wrote the international bestseller The Search and was co‐founder, executive producer and program chair of the Web 2 Summit, chairman and chief executive officer of Standard Media International, publisher of The Industry Standard and co‐founding editor of Wired magazine and Wired Ventures.