Ralph Simon – Short Bio for Home Page

RS & Arthur Mutambara Dep PM Zim Oct 2011Ralph Simon is an energetic visionary with over many years of international experience in entertainment, publishing and licensing, business incubation, development and management, and for the last 20 years, the mobile and wireless industry.  Ever-connected to a worldwide network of highest-level experts in media companies, telcos, handset manufacturers, technology and research, Ralph accesses a vast knowledge base of tomorrow’s emerging technology and trends to create successful, innovative and revenue-generating cross-platform solutions for you and your business in mobile.

He  is one of the founders of the modern mobile entertainment industry and popularly known as ‘the father of the ring tone’.  He is a proven innovator, helping grow the global mobile social networking, content data and “social broadcasting” industries world-wide since 1998.  He founded the Mobile Entertainment Forum – Americas (MEF) in 1999, became Chairman Emeritus,  and he continues to serve on the MEF global board;  Mobile producer of Live 8 in 2005 – Bono & Geldof’s drive  to Reduce Poverty in Africa;  Mobile Producer of Al Gore’s Live Earth 2007 environmental global call and event;  Mobile producer of the TED Conference’s global event, Pangea Day; Strategic mobile advisor to Madonna, U2, and Lady Gaga;  speaker at TED Conference in 2010;  named among Top 50 Executives in Mobile Entertainment  in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2010.  Based in London.  Born and raised in Africa.  Prior to his mobile career, he had a most distinguished career in the recording and music publishing business.  He co-founded what became one of the world’s most successful independent music and music publishing companies – the Zomba Group of companies and Jive Records.  He had moved to Silicon Valley from London in the early 90’s and was there at the birth of the CD ROM movement.  He was invited to relocate to Los Angeles in 1993 to restructure Capitol Records and Blue Note, the jazz label (EMI subsidiaries)  – and established EMI’s first global new media division operating out of Hollywood.  Shortly thereafter he left to found a start–up in Santa Monica, California, that initiated the first commercial ring tone service in the USA, Europe, Africa and internationally.  Thus his popular title:  “Father of the ring tone”.  His entire cross-continental career has always been at the very forefront of the intersection of mobile, entertainment, fashion and social media.     He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts in the UK, and a member of the National Academy of Recorded Arts & Sciences in the USA, and an Advisory Board Member of the global Wireless Life Sciences Alliance.  He is based in London.  His company has offices in Los Angeles, Mumbai and Johannesburg.

Ralph Simon is a proven leader whose logic, experience and insight can help you assess your needs and define a winning creative and commercial strategy to achieve your mobile goals and widen the reach and scope of your revenues and your business.