John Rose is the former global leader of the media sector for the Technology, Media & Telecommunications practice at Boston Consulting Group. He became a BCG Fellow in 2014. John’s fellowship focuses on helping companies foster trust among consumers in order to gain access to—and unlock value from—the ever-widening stream of complex, fast-moving big data that is generated online. 

He helps his clients capture what he calls a “trust advantage”—rising market shares and accelerated innovation built on the torrent of data, meaningful insights gleaned from this information, and a highly effective big-data strategy. 

John has focused his consulting practice over the past several years on collaborating with a broad set of technology, media, and telecommunications companies to address the uncertainty unleashed by new forms of online content, new distribution pathways, new devices, new consumer behaviors, and new business models that are disrupting the competitive landscape. 

In addition, he has led a multiyear effort with the World Economic Forum to define and address issues and opportunities related to big data and specifically to the use of consumer information. He is also the vice chair of the board of trustees for New York Public Radio. 

He contributed to an online course on Digital Transformation. The course, developed by BCG in partnership with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and Coursera, enables students to examine the pace of digital change and the imperative it creates for businesses.

Prior to joining BCG in 2004, John was executive vice president at EMI Group, responsible for strategy and corporate development, new media, industry and government affairs, and global asset management. At EMI, John developed and oversaw the company’s digital business, crafting its antipiracy efforts, leading its cost restructuring, and heading up board-level initiatives to identify and evaluate strategic options for the group. 

Before EMI, John spent almost 20 years with McKinsey, where he was a director and coleader of the global media and entertainment practice.


  • MPPM, Yale School of Management
  • BA, mathematics and natural sciences, Wesleyan University