William D. Simon is a Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry Los Angeles office and Global Sector Leader in Media and Entertainment.
Mr. Simon brings to the Firm an extensive background as an entertainment executive with a keen understanding of a wide variety of areas of the industry. The Media, Entertainment and Convergence sector that he oversees encompasses all aspects of traditional entertainment – film, television, home entertainment, music and publishing – and all digital content and platforms for broadband, games, wireless and mobile devices. Mr. Simon handles the full range of senior operating positions from CEO and COO through senior level creative and content positions.
Mr. Simon currently serves on the advisory board of councilors of USC Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism. In addition, he serves on the business advisory board of Los Angeles Kings.
Mr. Simon was recognized in Nancy Garrison-Jenn’s survey of the top 200 global executive recruiters and ranked among the top 35 in CableFax Magazine’s most influential in cable. Mr. Simon has served as the chairman of Korn Ferry’s shareholder’s committee and on the Firm’s worldwide board of directors.
Before joining Korn Ferry, Mr. Simon established the entertainment division at the investment banking and brokerage firm, Communications Equity Associates. He was involved in transactions that included music, home video, theatrical exhibitions and television programming. Earlier in his career, Mr. Simon served as vice president at Heron Communications, Inc., where he was involved in the development of new business for its home video company, Media Home Entertainment, as well as general corporate management.
Mr. Simon also served as the deputy staff secretary to President Jimmy Carter and he has held other government and political jobs. Mr. Simon earned a bachelor’s in political science from the University of California at Berkeley.