Head of International Music Licensing, Android, Google Inc. (USA)
Currently at Google Sami heads the international music licensing function for Android with responsibility for relationships with record labels, music publishers and collecting societies. Previously at Nokia Sami lead licensing for Comes With Music making it the fastest roll-out and broadest geographical coverage of any digital music service. With Samiís personal relationships reaching key constituencies around the globe, he has been in the forefront of the much needed structural reform in digital music licensing.
Sami started his career in the late '70's as a musician and songwriter in his native Finland and had nationally charting hit in 1982. After immigrating to the United States in 1990, Sami served in various executive capacities with BMG through 2001 in Los Angeles, Lisbon and New York, including as Senior Vice President of New Media and Business Development. Upon leaving BMG Sami dedicated his attention to the law and pursued entrepreneurial opportunities. He was the President of DiscLive, Inc. and also worked as an attorney at the premier law firm of Jenner & Block representing major music and motion picture companies.
Sami has three post-graduate degrees: M.Sc. (econ) from the Helsinki School of Economics, an MBA from UCLA, and a Juris Doctor degree from NYU.
Session(s) featuring Valkonen Sami
Tuesday, 31st January 2012 From 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM
In the rapidly changing technological environment in which we find ourselves, identifying and solving problems in online licensing is crucial. In the short term, there are new business models in place, and indeed u ...