Aug 27, 2007
Arlington, Va., July 5, 2007 –
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® announced today
that top executives from Microsoft, Panasonic and Intel will deliver keynote
addresses at the 2008 International CES®. Produced by CEA, the 2008
International CES is the world’s largest tradeshow for consumer technology and
returns to Las Vegas, Nevada, January 7-10, 2008.
Bill Gates, Chairman, Microsoft Corp., will deliver a pre-show keynote
address on Sunday, January 6, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. Toshihiro Sakamoto, president,
Panasonic AVC Networks Company, will kick off the 2008 International CES at 8:30
a.m. on Monday, January 7 with an opening keynote, immediately following a State
of the Industry Address by Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA. Paul
Otellini, CEO, Intel Corp. will round out day one with a keynote address at 4:30
p.m., Monday afternoon. All CES keynote addresses will take place at The
Venetian’s Palazzo Ballroom.
“What an incredible line up of industry visionaries to kick off the 2008
International CES. Bill Gates, Toshihiro Sakamoto and Paul Otellini are industry
pioneers who have revolutionized the consumer technology industry through
innovative and ground-breaking ideas,” said Shapiro. “We look forward to hearing
their visions for the future of consumer technology, particularly the impact new
consumer technology products will have on digital content and services.”
Under Gates’ leadership, Microsoft has continually advanced and improved
software technology. With the full attention of the consumer technology world,
Gates has previously used the International CES to preview products and
technology on the horizon for consumers. Microsoft’s previous product debuts at
CES include consumer technologies and services such as the Xbox, Tablet PC,
eBook, Microsoft TV and Windows Vista.
Toshihiro Sakamoto is President of Panasonic AVC Networks Company, the
consumer electronics and PC manufacturing arm of Matsushita Electric Industrial
Co., Ltd. Sakamoto has been responsible for creating and driving the company’s
digital consumer electronics device strategies for flat panel displays and other
High Definition networkable products. A seasoned global manager, his career
includes two years as president of Taiwan Matsushita Electric and three
assignments to Panasonic companies in the U.S. which totaled 14 years.
Paul Otellini became CEO of Intel Corp. in 2005, after serving as the
president and chief operating officer for three years. Otellini, who joined
Intel in 1974, previously held senior management positions where he managed all
Intel microprocessor product divisions as well as the company’s global sales and
marketing operations. Otellini was responsible for driving Intel’s shift from
focusing solely on producing fast microprocessors, commonly known as the PC’s
“brain,” to combining high-performance, energy-efficient microprocessors with
additional integrated technologies -- that are changing how people use
computers, electronics and devices to learn, live, work and communicate.
Additional industry leaders will keynote at the 2008 International CES.
Details will be announced this fall.
The 2008 International CES will feature the hottest product debuts from 2,700
exhibitors, covering more than 30 product areas, including the latest in
content, wireless, digital imaging, mobile electronics, home theater and audio.
For more news on the 2008 International CES before, during and after the show,
, the interactive source for CES information.
Note to Journalists:
General press and analyst
registration is available at www.CESweb.org . Detailed press conference information will be
available later this year. Journalists are encouraged to arrive in Las Vegas by
Saturday, January 5 to take advantage of all the CES press events.
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the
preeminent trade association promoting growth in the consumer technology
industry through technology policy, events, research, promotion and the
fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA represents more than
2,100 corporate members involved in the design, development, manufacturing,
distribution and integration of audio, video, mobile electronics, wireless and
landline communications, information technology, home networking, multimedia and
accessory products, as well as related services that are sold through consumer
channels. Combined, CEA's members account for more than $140 billion in annual
sales. CEA's resources are available online at www.CE.org, the definitive source for information about the
consumer electronics industry. CEA also sponsors and manages the International
CES - Defining Tomorrow's Technology. All profits from CES are reinvested into
industry services, including technical training and education, industry
promotion, engineering standards development, market research and legislative