Director of Global Market Insights for S&P Global
John Kingston has covered commodities as a journalist for close to 40 years, with most of his career spent with the venerable S&P Global Platts. He created the Dated Brent benchmark, now the world’s most important crude oil marker. Platts Dated Brent is a benchmark assessment of the price of physical, light North Sea crude oil. The term "Dated Brent" refers to physical cargoes of crude oil in the North Sea that have been assigned specific delivery dates.
Mr Kingston served in multiple roles at Platts including editor in chief of Platts Oilgram News, Global Director of Oil and Global Director of News. In 2015, he moved over to the corporate leadership of what was then McGraw-Hill Financial, the parent company of Platts, to serve as President of the McGraw-Hill Institute. From there he joined the staff of the company's chief economist after it had been renamed S&P Global.
In 2010, he won two Corporate Achievement Awards from McGraw-Hill, an extremely rare accomplishment, one for steering coverage of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster and the other for the launch of a public affairs television show, Platts Energy Week.
Mr Kingston joined FreightWaves in 2015, a successful startup data and news service providing vital information to the trucking and freight sector. He serves as FreightWaves editor-at-large where, among other responsibilities, he studies and writes about the integration and impact of oil prices--particularly diesel--on the markets for freight and the global supply chain that is dependent on it.