Paul Sonnier is globally recognized for his work as a digital health social entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and executive management strategy consultant. His achievements include founding and curating the 50,000+ member Digital Health group on LinkedIn and creating the modern definition of ‘Digital Health‘, which he has successfully promulgated to become the most widely accepted descriptor in use around the world for the impact that the digital and genomic revolutions are having on health, healthcare, living, and society.
Mr. Sonnier’s efforts with the Digital Health group and on other social media platforms—including Twitter, where he has over 50,000 followers @Paul_Sonnier—have resulted in his becoming the #1 social influencer in #DigitalHealth and very highly ranked in #WearableTech, the Internet of Things (#IoT), #Genomics, and #Genetics. Additionally, his Story of Digital Health website is a free resource providing critical information to the global digital health ecosystem of professionals, media, startups, corporations, nonprofits, government, and other stakeholders who are catalyzing digital health around the world.
From 2015 to 2016, Mr. Sonnier was a member of the Strategic Advisory Board at Pathway Genomics. He joined other distinguished members, including Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and founder of the Center for Health Transformation, Ellen Embrey, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Director, Dan Glickman, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Timothy Roemer, former Congressman of Indiana and former U.S. Ambassador to India.
Mr. Sonnier previously served as a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Digital Health for the 2013-2014 term and a judge in the XPRIZE‘s Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE, a $2.25 million global competition that accelerated the availability of hardware sensors and software sensing technology that individuals use to access, understand, and improve their health and well-being.
From 2011 to 2016, Mr. Sonnier served as a new venture mentor at Blueprint Health, a New York City-based accelerator that puts digital health startups through an intensive three-month program to help them fine-tune their products and connect with potential customers and financiers.
Mr. Sonnier previously served as Vice President of Partner Development at the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA), a global trade organization bringing together CEOs from the most innovative companies with other business leaders and researchers in healthcare and technology and co-chair of the Healthcare Communications SIG at CommNexus San Diego, a telecommunications industry group that accelerates the formation, growth, and success of communications technology and service companies in the San Diego region.
In prior professional roles, Mr. Sonnier garnered extensive experience in large scale systems integration and program management. His diverse roles included senior operations, program, and customer relationship management positions in medical devices (Calypso Medical Technologies – acquired by Varian Medical Systems), consumer mobile/cellular devices (Motorola), and commercial aerospace (Boeing).
Mr. Sonnier is a military veteran, having served four years in the US Navy and subsequently earning a BS in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Western Washington University and an MBA from Seattle University. He has also held a certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP).