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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

David Pringle

I provide content development and editorial services to organisations in the telecoms, media and technology sectors.

My clients to date: A. T. Kearney, Bytemobile, CGAP, Ericsson, The GSMA, PRTM, Science|Business, ST-Ericsson, STL Partners (Telco 2.0), STMicroelectronics, Toshiba, VimpelCom and Waggener Edstrom. I also serve on the advisory board of European Leaders.

Recent projects include co-authoring and editing Telco2.0's groundbreaking report Dealing with the Disruptors on Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Skype and writing a series of reports on the future of the energy sector for Science|Business. At both the 2011 and 2012 editions of the Mobile World Congress, I served as a content director for the GSMA's Mobile World Live television service, which broadcasts live during the event. The role involves choosing topics, identifying and inviting guests, composing questions, conducting interviews and moderating panels.

I frequently moderate discussions at major telecoms events, asking speakers probing questions, prompting lively debates and ensuring the audience has an opportunity to participate. I moderated a keynote session on mobile money at the Mobile World Congress (the biggest event in the mobile industry) in Barcelona in February 2012. Each autumn, I also moderate sessions at Rutberg & Co.'s prestigious Wireless Influencers event in California.

PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT:

August 2005 – January 2009: GSMA, Media Relations

During three and half years at the GSMA, I provided media relations support to the CEO and Chairman of the GSMA, as well as top executives from many of the world’s leading mobile phone companies.

I oversaw the GSMA's public policy media relations strategy encompassing everything from the case against roaming regulation in Europe to high taxes in Africa to the tight rationing of spectrum in India.

I was also responsible for media relations for the GSMA’s Development Fund, which is at the forefront of efforts to bring mobile services to people living on just a few dollars a day, and the GSMA’s programmes spearheading the development of mobile financial services.

In New York, I set up and hosted CEO-level briefings on mobile money transfer services with journalists from the Financial Times, Bloomberg and other top-tier media. In Macau, I worked with four mobile operators to run a major press conference incorporating live demos and video feeds of mobile payment services from across Asia.

As a result, the GSMA has had extensive coverage on the BBC, in the FT, the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, The Economist, and many other major publications, as well as featuring in countless articles in the telecoms trade media. I have also written numerous articles and given many live television and radio interviews on behalf of the GSMA.

August 2000-August 2005: Technology and Telecoms Correspondent, Wall Street Journal.

I served as the European technology and telecommunications correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, covering Nokia, Ericsson, Vodafone, BT and other major telephone companies, as well as acting as deputy managing editor of Convergence, a technology magazine published quarterly by the Wall Street Journal Europe.

In my five years at the Wall Street Journal, I produced numerous front page news and feature stories, including several acclaimed articles featuring original insight and inside reporting on the struggle for supremacy between Nokia, Microsoft and Vodafone.

EARLY CAREER

Feb 2000-July 2000: Staff reporter for WSJ.com
July 1999-Feb 2000: Stringer for Wall Street Journal Europe
March 1999-July 1999: Research analyst for The Yankee Group
Aug 1997-Feb 1999: Deputy Editor of Information Strategy, Economist Group
Feb 1996-Aug 1997: News Editor of Personnel Today
Aug 1991-Feb 1996: Editorial positions with various trade titles.
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