John Rostas

Rostas, John

Job Title: Former President
Company: Live Nation Entertainment (Retired)
Industry: Financial Services, Entertainment, Marketing, Aerospace, Defense
Mentor Since: Fall 2007
Will Mentor: Graduate Students

Job Description

Global enterprise-wide responsibility for the operation and production of Live Nation’s 22,000 live entertainment events. Live Nation is the world’s largest concert promoter and producer serving 53 million fans. Responsible for all owned and operated amphitheaters, theaters and clubs (with capacities ranging from 27,000 to 500 people). In addition, had full P&L responsibility for the House of Blues brand – 12 distinct music halls/restaurants with 9 of the properties having private club memberships.

Company Description

Live Nation's mission is to maximize the live concert experience for artists, fans and sponsors. Our core business is buying and producing artist rights, and monetizing those rights via our global distribution pipe. Live Nation is the largest producer of live music concerts in the world, annually producing over 16,000 concerts for 1,500 artists in 57 countries. The company sells over 45 million concert tickets a year. Live Nation owns, operates, has booking rights or equity positions in over 155 venues across six countries. The company is transforming the concert business by expanding its concert platform into direct concert ticketing and being the industry's only artist-to-fan vertically intergrated concert platform.

Employment History

Board Membership - 6 years

Live Nation Entertainment - 3 years

JP Morgan Chase/Washington Mutual - 5 years

Carrier Corporation - 4 years

General Electric - 19 years


BS Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University
MBA - Tuck School, Dartmouth College

Mentoring Objectives & Scope

The student's needs are the focus of my mentoring sessions, whether they involve career planning and gap analysis, fine-tuning a resume and personal marketing collateral, the development of a practical networking plan, practice interviews, or just a discussion on successes/failures we have jointly had in the past, and what we have learned from them. Objectives are agreed upon at our first meeting, as we will use them to guide our discussions in the future. Bottom line: The sessions will be focused on what the STUDENT wants/needs, as well as being informal and fun.

When and where do you hold meetings with your students?

Near campus or on the Eastside. Timing is totally flexible.

Additional Information

Proven track record in managing complex, multi-site business operations for a variety of Fortune 100 companies. Broad international and domestic experience managing both customer and supplier relationships. Rapid progression through operations leadership roles, program management, and general management in the appliance, aerospace, and financial services industries. Strengths include building teams that value cross-functional working relationships, implementing world-class management systems, and excellent communication skills. Demonstrates a strong passion for the development of people, and mentoring of staff.