SOURCE: X PRIZE Foundation

X PRIZE Foundation

August 09, 2011 08:00 ET

The X PRIZE Foundation Appoints Jon Bonanni to Vice President of Partnerships

Former Disney Executive to Cultivate Strategic Relationships to Support Foundation's Mission

PLAYA VISTA, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 9, 2011) - The X PRIZE Foundation announced today that Jon Bonanni has joined the Foundation as the Vice President of Partnerships. In his role, Bonanni will be responsible for identifying and developing strategic relationships with corporate partners. Drawing on his vast business development experience, Bonanni will help the Foundation maximize its relationships with both current and future partners and better support the Foundation's mission of creating radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity.

"I am extremely excited to join the X PRIZE Foundation as I see tremendous opportunities to more fully integrate corporate partnerships into the Foundation's mission," said Bonanni. "As a society, we face many challenges, but we are on the cusp of breakthroughs in so many areas thanks to a continued spirit of innovation and today's rapidly advancing technology. I see incentive prizes and deeper corporate participation in the X PRIZE Foundation's unique open innovation platform, as an important part of the solution."

Bonanni brings more than 20 years of experience working with large, global brands in a range of advertising, marketing, account management and business development roles to the X PRIZE Foundation.

"Jon is a highly-regarded business executive whose creativity and entrepreneurial mindset are perfectly aligned with the mission of the Foundation," said Robert K. Weiss, Vice Chairman & President of the X PRIZE Foundation. "He embodies our strong commitment and increasing focus on our valued corporate partnerships. His wealth of experience will allow us to explore new opportunities and affect meaningful change in the world."

Before joining X PRIZE, Bonanni was Vice President of Business Development in The Walt Disney Company's Corporate Alliances group where he was responsible for driving value across multiple Disney divisions including the development of sponsored attractions and experiences at Disney Parks around the world in conjunction with companies like Sony, Fed Ex, IBM, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Kodak, and Siemens. Additionally, Bonanni brings more than ten years of strategic relationship management experience through positions of increasing responsibilities at a number of New York advertising agencies including a role in launching M&C Saatchi's office there. He was also the head of marketing at InterZine, Inc., an AOL-backed internet start-up which was acquired by Times Mirror. Bonanni has a degree in English Literature from St. Lawrence University in New York.

Founded in 1995, the X PRIZE Foundation is the leading non-profit organization solving the world's greatest challenges through creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prize competitions that stimulate investment in research and development worth far more than the prize itself. The organization motivates and inspires brilliant innovators from all disciplines and socio-economic sectors to endow their intellectual and financial capital for the benefit of humanity. The X PRIZE Foundation conducts competitions in four Prize Groups: Education & Global Development; Energy & Environment; Life Sciences; and Exploration. Past prizes include the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for sending the world's first private vehicle into space and back; and the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE for creating safe, affordable, production-capable vehicles that exceed 100 MPG or energy equivalent (MPGe). Active prizes include the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE, the $10 million Archon Genomics X PRIZE, and the $1.4 million Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE. For more information, visit