George Cooney is a recognized business leader, entrepreneur, startup advisor and investor in the mobile marketing, communications and internet technology industries with more than 30 years of experience helping build highly successful companies. Throughout his career, George has established a record for entrepreneurial initiative realizing growth opportunities through strategic vision and hands-on business building experience. He has served as a board member, advisor and investor to several early stage companies with a strong focus on mobility and internet services. From 2004 to 2011 George was a venture partner with Summerhill Venture I Fund and its predecessor BCE Capital Fund.
From 2002-2004 George co-founded a venture backed company focused on building a first generation mobile platform for the adoption of mobile applications in fortune 2000 enterprises. Previously, he held senior management positions at Nortel Networks spanning a 20+ year career with multi-disciplinary roles in business strategy, operations, finance, product marketing, channel management and new business development. George served as a Senior Vice President responsible for Nortel’s Corporate Development and Ventures group from 1997 to 2001, where he oversaw Nortel’s direct investments and acquisition strategies with emerging technology companies and strategic partnerships with venture capital funds. In a prior role George led Nortel’s strategic international development activities and was based in Europe during a period of rapid global expansion that supported the realization of Nortel’s international revenue growth from $300 million to $5 billion. George began his career at Telenet (acquired by GTE), pioneering in the first commercial packet switching networks founded by the leaders of the DARPA ARPANET initiative.