NAMIC Chief Eglon Simons to Retire

Led organization through steady growth period

The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) said Tuesday that president and CEO Eglon E. Simons is retiring from the organization after more than three years at the helm.

Simons joined NAMIC in 2014 and has led the organization, which focuses on multicultural diversity, equity and inclusion in the communications industry, through a strong period of growth, including expanding to 18 chapters and more than 3,500 members.  

“The NAMIC Board of Directors appreciates Eglon's leadership and his many contributions to NAMIC and the cable and telecommunications industry. We look forward to working with him during the transition and wish him the best in his retirement,” said NAMIC chairman of the board Michelle Rice in a statement.

Simons has agreed to stay on as the NAMIC board of directors begins its search for the next CEO.

“We are grateful to Eglon for his longstanding passion for and commitment to diversity and inclusion, and for the leadership he provided NAMIC during this dynamic time in our industry,” said Comcast Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer David Cohen and a member of the NAMIC Board of Advisors in a statement. “We wish him well in his retirement and remain committed to advancing the mission of NAMIC as we enter a new chapter.”

Simons' career in media and communications spans more than 30 years. After earning an MBA from Harvard Business School, Simons spent 13 years at CBS New York, holding several managerial positons and ending his tenure there as vice president of sales and marketing for the CBS Television Stations Division. In 1990, Simons moved to Cablevision Systems, as director of New York sales for its cable networks unit. After serving as vice president and general manager of the New York Interconnect and senior vice president and general manager, Simons was named executive vice president of Cablevision's Rainbow Advertising Sales in 2002, a position he held until his retirement in 2011.

“I’ve had an exciting and enjoyable time with NAMIC - and its passionate and dedicated staff - growing the organization. I am looking forward to working with NAMIC’s board and the staff on the transition and to implement initiatives and partnerships focused on NAMIC’s future and the role it will play in maintaining its mission to advocate, empower and educate for all people, especially people of color,” Simons said in a statement.