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Sami Valkonen

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Director of International Partnerships, Google

In his role as director of international music partnerships, Sami is responsible for Google Plays music relationships with record labels, music publishers and collecting societies outside the United States. Previously Sami lead licensing for Nokias Comes With Music service making it the fastest roll-out and broadest geographical coverage of any digital music service at the time. With Samis 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 in Los Angeles, Lisbon and New York - including as Senior Vice President of New Media and Business Development. Upon leaving BMG, Sami pursued legal and entrepreneurial opportunities, working as an attorney at the premier law firm of Jenner & Block, where he represented major music and motion picture companies against illegal file sharing sites. 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.

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