John Newman was born in the United States. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science with special honors from the University of Chicago, he received his doctorate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Here he was supported by a scholarship from the National Science Foundation, the state sponsorship program for fundamental research and education in the USA. In 2006, he completed his post-doctoral research at the University of California, San Francisco.
In the same year, John started his career at the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company in the San Francisco Office. He worked across the United States, Asia and Europe, where he provided creative and pragmatic advice to senior automotive and advanced-industry executives. His work focused on how to identify and capture new business opportunities, for example related to highly automated driving, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and connected cars.
After a decade at McKinsey & Company, John joined AUDI AG in 2016 as the Head of Digitalization, where he is responsible for Audi’s Digitalization Strategy. His department is focused on achieving significant profit from digital products and services.