Jon Creyts is the CEO of RMI. He is an internationally recognized leader on global energy issues and climate change.
Jon served as a senior leader at RMI for nearly a decade before assuming the role of CEO. While chief program officer, he helped grow the institution more than tenfold in size. He has extensive knowledge and practical experience applying market forces like finance, policy, data, and technology to support the rapid decarbonization of infrastructure and industries globally. He oversees and steers all RMI’s global programs and operations and advises the organization’s global network of market affiliates.
Jon helped found RMI’s China Program and set up RMI’s office in Beijing. He has worked on electricity transition issues, helping found e-Lab, researching technology disruption, and stewarding RMI’s Business Renewables Center to eventually spin out and become the Clean Energy Buyer’s Alliance. He conceived and built RMI’s breakthrough technology accelerator, Third Derivative. Between 2017 and 2019, he helped build and spin out the Energy Web Foundation (now Energy Web), a partnership that established the world’s largest consortium focused on using decentralized computing to manage a decentralized grid.
Prior to joining RMI, Jon was a partner with McKinsey & Company where he spent 11 years in the global energy practice. He cofounded McKinsey’s sustainability practice and was one of the principal authors of the “McKinsey cost curve” for greenhouse gas abatement. Before that, he was a designer in the energy and aviation industries and is an alumnus of Lockheed Martin’s renowned Skunk Works prototyping facility.
Jon currently serves as the chair of the board of Energy Web. He has previously served on the boards of WattTime and the Chicago Zoological Society.