The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) announced the selection of Eglon E. Simons as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective June 23, 2014.
Founded in 1980, NAMIC is a leading 501 (c)(6) trade association advocating for diversity and inclusion within the communications industry. Simon’s hiring completes the organization’s strategic realignment designed to build on NAMIC’s full slate of professional and leadership development programs and its new membership engagement initiatives.
“We are thrilled to welcome Eglon Simons, a proven industry veteran, as the new executive leader,” said Michael D. Armstrong, Chair, NAMIC Board and Senior Vice President and General Manager, BET International and Paramount Channel, Viacom International Media Networks. “As our nation’s demographic landscape becomes increasingly diverse, the business acumen and vast managerial experience required to further NAMIC’s mission within the communications industry is of the utmost importance. Under Eglon’s leadership, we look forward to achieving continued growth and expansion.”
A strong and progressive leader, Simons’ career in media and communications has spanned more than 30 years. Upon earning an MBA from Harvard Business School, Simons joined the staff at CBS New York. After holding several managerial positions, Simons concluded his 13-year run with the network as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the CBS Television Stations Division. In 1990, Simons embarked on a 21-year run with Cablevision Systems Corporation as Director of New York Sales for its Cable Networks unit. Simons began serving as Vice President and General Manager of New York Interconnect in 1992 and subsequently, was promoted in 1995, to Senior Vice President and General Manager. Simons was named Executive Vice President of Cablevision’s Rainbow Advertising Sales Company in 2002, a senior management role he fulfilled until his retirement from Cablevision Systems Corporation in 2011.
Simons commented: “NAMIC continues