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Mobile leader discusses global needs in mobile policy and innovation, experience as Young Leader
May 15, 2014
Jonathan Spalter, a 1994 Young Leader, is the chairman of Mobile Future, a coalition of cutting-edge technology and communications companies and a diverse group of non-profit organizations, working to support an environment which encourages investment and innovation in the dynamic wireless sector. The organization's mission is to help inform and educate the public and key decision makers in business and government on the broad range of wireless innovations that are transforming our society and the nation’s economy.
Spalter has a long track record building innovative technology, mobile, internet, and research companies in the U.S, Asia/Pacific, and Europe. He founded the independent investment research company, Public Insight, and was CEO of Snocap, the digital music technology company founded by the creators of Napster. He has held senior management roles at the Paris headquarters of Vivendi Universal, the global media and telecommunications group, where he was group senior vice president in charge of of the company’s public policy and external affairs teams, served as executive vice president of business development and strategy for Vivendi Universal Net, and CEO of company affiliate Atmedica Worldwide.
During the Clinton Administration, Spalter was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate for the position of associate director at the US Information Agency, where he was also appointed chief information officer. He also served in the White House as director of public affairs for the National Security Council, and chief international affairs spokesperson and speech writer for Vice President Al Gore. He also co-founded and chaired the non-profit animation studio Climate Cartoons, which produced media content about global warming. One of its productions recently won the Emmy Award for National Public Service Announcements/Broadband. Early in his career, Spalter held various productions and editorial roles in broadcast and cable – among them, foreign affairs reporter for PBS’ MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. He graduated from Harvard College and Cambridge University.
Jonathan, we are delighted to have you share your insights with our readers, as we are to have you among our Young Leaders network.
You are the chairman of Mobile Future, a coalition of companies and nonprofit organizations with a key interest in policy that helps advance mobile innovation. Can you tell us more about your business model? What’s Mobile Future’s mission? Why are you based in Washington D.C.?
Why is your focus area spectrum, and what will happen if more spectrum is not made available quickly?
The spread of mobile devices has opened up a variety of security issues for enterprises across the globe. Can you describe interactions between technology companies and government on issues such as surveillance, privacy and cyber security?
You are also been a businessman, having held executive positions at the French media company Vivendi Universal. Can you compare the mobile innovation market in France and in the United States?
You participated in the Foundation’s Young Leaders program in 1994. How was this experience? What have been the advantages of being linked to this French-American network in your professional and/or personal life?