Joe Simon

New York, NY

Joe Simon is the Executive in Residence of Activate Consulting.

Prior to Activate Consulting, Simon was the CTO at Vice Media. Before Vice Media, Simon served as the COO for Encompass Digital Media, managing their worldwide operations that processes and distributes high value content for television, web and mobile consumption. His responsibilities included the management of the engineering and operational resources globally along with the financials that deliver over 900 video streams to MSOs and CDNs for further distribution. Additionally, he was also responsible for the development and rollout of Digital products.

Prior to Encompass, Simon was the CTO for Univision Communications, managing their digital technology initiatives on the web, mobile and OTT consumer platforms. His responsibilities included the simplification of the disparate web platforms by migrating to an open sourced platform paired with the adoption of an Agile approach to reduce costs and time to market. Additionally, he was tasked with streamlining and automating the video supply chain to enable a more flexible approach to deliver of OTT services.

Prior to Univision, Simon was the CTO of Condé Nast leading all technology operations for Condé Nast’s magazine brands, Internet properties, Bright House Networks, Fairchild Fashion Media (FFM) and Advance Publications. His responsibilities included developing the digital strategy for the company’s aggressive transformational plan and managing the P&L’s for the digital businesses at Condé Nast. Since arriving at Condé Nast in 2010, he created a cohesive technology organization combining three diverse groups to deliver a number of initiatives with near term impact. Simon led the move of all traditional IT Services (e.g. back-office applications, asset management platforms, content creation platforms, data warehouses) and Web platforms to Amazon Web Services.

Prior to Condé Nast, Simon was the CIO for Viacom where he led all worldwide technology and operations for the company’s divisions: MTV Networks, MTVN International, BET Networks, Paramount and Dreamworks. During his years at Viacom, he led the technology organization across the different business units through a number of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures while building a talented team and establishing strong relationships with both business owners and senior management teams. Simon was the primary driver of innovation, design and implementation of major new businesses and capabilities through the innovative utilization of technology.  He led a number of key business initiatives where technology was the enabler of increasing revenues; for example: advertising optimization and global content distribution.  He and his team developed new technologies that were first innovations in areas such as online video, global asset management, content digitization, mobile video, and low cost distribution.  In addition, Simon built new businesses and platforms for new products such as casual games and interactive television and then was responsible for integration of acquisitions such as Neopets and AtomShockwave to expand Viacom’s position in gaming.

Prior to Viacom, Simon spent nine years as a principal at Booz, Allen and Hamilton, focusing on the media, entertainment and communications sectors.