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Sami Valkonen

Head of International Music Publishing Partnerships,
New York, NY, USA
Currently at Google, Sami heads the international music publishing licensing function for YouTube and Google Play with his team responsible for building relationships with publishers and societies outside the United States. Before Google, Sami lead licensing for Nokia’s Comes With Music service. Previously Sami served in various executive capacities with BMG, including as SVP of New Media and Business Development. He was also President of DiscLive and an attorney at the law firm Jenner & Block. He started his career as a musician and songwriter in the early ‘80’s before moving to artist management and concert promotion.

Sami has a Masters degree from the Helsinki School of Economics, an MBA from UCLA, and a Juris Doctorate from New York University.