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Sami Valkonen

Sami Valkonen

Chief International Business Officer, PRS for Music

Sami’s career in the music industry spans over 30 years. Currently, he is the Chief International Business Officer for PRS for Music, responsible for leading on all of PRS' international operations and overseeing a team of 26 professional specialists in business development, account management, revenue assurance, forensic analysis and more.

Before joining PRS, Sami had an almost eight-year stint with Google, where he was the Director of International Music Publishing for YouTube and Google Play, responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with music publishers and collecting societies outside of the United States.

Sami started his career as a songwriter in the early 1980s, before holding various key positions within BMG throughout the 1990s in Los Angeles, Lisbon and New York. After leaving BMG, Sami became a lawyer practicing in copyright law, before joining Nokia in 2008, where he was at the forefront of reforming digital music licensing through collaboration with global industry leaders.

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