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Condé Nast Taps Viacom’s Joe Simon as Chief Technology Officer

joe_simon08042010.jpgMagazine giant Condé Nast today announced that it has hired Joe Simon of Viacom for the role of chief technology officer.

Simon starts in the newly created position on August 16.

“Joe brings global experience, strong relationships with key tech partners, operational skills, and experience enabling brand management, all of which will help Condé Nast achieve its strategic goals,” said Condé president Robert Sauerberg in a statement. “He is known throughout the media industry as a strong leader and someone who works collaboratively to harness the power of technology for the overall success of the businesses he supports.”

Press release after the jump.


New York, N.Y., August 4, 2010 — Condé Nast has appointed Joe Simon as Chief Technology Officer, it was announced today by Robert A. Sauerberg, Jr., President of Condé Nast. In this new position, Mr. Simon will lead all digital and technology operations and focus on innovation and the development of the next generation of digital products and services. Mr. Simon has been Chief Technology Officer for Viacom, the global entertainment content company, where he led all worldwide technology and operations for MTV Networks, BET Networks, and Paramount Pictures. Mr. Simon will join Condé Nast, reporting to Mr. Sauerberg, effective August 16, 2010.

“Joe brings global experience, strong relationships with key tech partners, operational skills, and experience enabling brand management, all of which will help Condé Nast achieve its strategic goals,” said Mr. Sauerberg. “He is known throughout the media industry as a strong leader and someone who works collaboratively to harness the power of technology for the overall success of the businesses he supports.”

Mr. Simon’s responsibilities at Viacom included the management of information technology systems for 58 networks in the US and 106 networks internationally, internet and mobile application development for 418 websites, and oversight of new technology to build digital businesses, innovate new functionality, and create production, content management and retail distribution systems.

Prior to the separation of Viacom and CBS, Mr. Simon was also responsible for worldwide technology for the CBS Network, CBS and Paramount television stations, Paramount television, radio (Infinity, Westwood One, CBS Radio), Simon and Schuster, and Viacom Outdoor. Prior to joining Viacom in 1998 as Senior Vice President for Information Technology Operations, he spent nine years as a principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, focusing on the media sector. He also worked at Reader’s Digest, and for various business conglomerates in India, where he received a Masters of Business Administration.

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