William Simon is the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Tennis Channel. In this post, Simon leads the development of corporate-side strategy while overseeing all finance, accounting, human resources, technical operations, information technology, facilities, administration, and business and legal affairs.
Prior to Tennis Channel, Simon was chief financial officer, vice president of finance and treasurer for Dick Clark Productions, Inc., a diverse entertainment enterprise and a leading independent producer of a wide range of television programming for broadcast networks, cable networks, distributors and advertisers.
Joining the organization in 1991 as a senior production accountant, he advanced rapidly to chief financial officer, where he played an instrumental role facilitating a $140-million merger. Simon also led the company through a significant growth period that saw revenues increase 50 percent in three years.
At Dick Clark Productions, Simon was no stranger to distribution agreements. He implemented new audit procedures for the company’s outside distributors and other participation and royalty revenue streams that generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in recovered revenue. Additionally, Simon used his strategic fiscal vision to significantly reduce the company’s annual operating costs.
From 1988-1991 Simon was senior auditor at KPMG, a global network of professional services firms providing audit, tax and advisory services. Among his many duties he supervised diverse teams in analyzing clients’ financial health, evaluating potential industry risks and identifying accounting, internal control and operational efficiency concerns.
Simon, a Certified Public Accountant, is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor of science in accounting.