As the DNEG Group’s Senior Vice President – Commercial, Strategy and Operations, Simon Hedges has full oversight of all bidding activity across the company’s Visual Effects, DNEG Animation, ReDefine and Stereo divisions. With a focus on providing commercial and strategic support to the executive leadership team, Simon functions as a catalyst for change as DNEG grows, seeking new ways to improve key areas of the business, working with new and existing industry partners, and strategically supporting the company’s expansion. Prior to his current role, Simon was DNEG’s Global Head of Production Finance, and he was responsible for building the Production Finance function to become a vital part of the business. Simon’s previous experience includes roles as Head of Finance for ITV Studios, where he was also responsible for the oversight and integration of a group of companies that were acquired by the studio, and Finance Manager for ITV plc in the UK. Simon has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Manchester University, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant at King’s College London.