Ralph Simon is one of the founders of the modern mobile entertainment industry. Over the past 15 years he has been a prominent mobile trailblazer, visionary and innovator, helping grow the global mobile content and entertainment industries, and playing a central role in it’s growth, impact and presence world-wide.
He heads the Mobilium International Group in London, LA and Mumbai, providing high level strategic advice and guidance to the music and entertainment business, multi-national telco operators, handset & tablet makers, technology infrastructure companies, media companies, brands, ad agency groups and platform providers around the world. Drawing from vast international and developing market experience, Simon is at the forefront of mobile innovation and colloquial significance - key imperatives for today’s mobile and entertainment industry executives.
Founder & Chairman Emeritus of the influential Mobile Entertainment Forum - Americas (MEF), the respected voice of the international mobile entertainment industry, he is popularly known as the “father of the ring tone” as he created the first ring tone company in North America in the late 1990’s. He continues to raise global industry standards and uncover significant telco and smartphone innovation to boost artists and managers and their music. He has a deep knowledge of telco content, data, access, and improved subscriber user experience.
Simon was named as one of the 2010 world’s Top 50 Executives in Mobile Entertainment, by Mobile Entertainment Magazine, the leading publication of the mobile entertainment industry. He had received this honour previously in 2005, 2006, and 2008. He had also received their Special Award for Outstanding Contribution To the Global Mobile Entertainment industry in 2007.
Simon and Mobilium are strategic mobile advisors to a select group of artists and their managers, including Lady Gaga, U2 and Madonna. He comes from a distinguished career in the music industry: he co-founded Jive Records and the Zomba music and music publishing companies, growing them to become the leading independent music and music publishing company, and has been involved in the mobile entertainment business since 1998.
His clients also include telco operators, handset makers, consumer electronics companies and he is also a specialist in growing mobile entertainment usage in developing countries.
He is based in London, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the UK, a member of the Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences in the USA, special advisor to the Mobile Life Sciences Alliance (driving mobile health/wellness), and a founding member of the African Leadership Network, Africa’s leading edge digerati community.