CES 2011 – Keynote Speakers

The world’s premier consumer electronics event – CES 2011 – is still 99 days away, but the keynote lineup already reflects the influence of this huge technology showcase, attended by legions of professionals working in the technology arena.

Steve Ballmer of Microsoft will Keynote the “Preshow” on Wednesday, followed by CES’ CEO Gary Shapiro, Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg, and Samsung President Boo-Keun Yoon.

CES Keynotes often release some of the tech industry’s most important news, especially as it relates to upcoming innovations in consumer electronics, automotive technology, and the rapidly expanding field of green technologies and high tech appliances.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011
6:30 p.m. Las Vegas Hilton, Hilton Center

Steve Ballmer
Microsoft CEO

Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer will deliver a preshow keynote address at the 2011 International CES.

“As leader of one of the world’s most innovative technology companies, a keynote address from Steve Ballmer is the perfect way to kick off the 2011 International CES,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “Microsoft’s entrepreneurial spirit and drive have been major forces behind the success of the company and its impact on the global consumer technology industry. We look forward to hearing Steve’s strategic vision for the future of Microsoft and our industry.”

Steve Ballmer will kick off the 2011 International CES with a preshow keynote address at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 5, in the Las Vegas Hilton Center. In previous years, Microsoft has used the CES keynote stage to launch major products including Xbox, Windows Vista and its Sync technology partnership with Ford.

The full lineup of 2011 CES keynote addresses will be announced in the coming months.

Thursday, January 6, 2011
8:30 a.m., Las Vegas Hilton, Hilton Center

CEA President and CEO, Gary Shapiro and Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg

Ivan Seidenberg, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Verizon, has led Verizon since its inception in 2000 following the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE. He has transformed the company into a premier global network company by building a nationwide wireless network, deploying high-speed fiber broadband direct to homes, and expanding its global Internet backbone network around the world. Verizon’s leadership in network innovation has earned the company numerous awards, including Fortune’s 2010 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list at No.1 in the telecommunications sector.

“Ivan is a terrific leader who has positioned Verizon as a top global provider of communications, information and entertainment across a wide variety of platforms,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “Verizon embraces innovation and its vast broadband networks touch all facets of the technology ecosystem. We are pleased to welcome Ivan to the CES stage for his debut keynote and look forward to hearing the vision for Verizon’s next generation of products and services.”

Seidenberg will deliver his CES keynote address following a State of the CE Industry keynote address delivered by Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA.

Thursday, January 6, 2011
4:30 p.m., Las Vegas Hilton, Hilton Center

Boo-Keun Yoon
Samsung President and General Manager of Visual Display Business

As President of Samsung’s Visual Display Business, Boo-Keun Yoon oversees all activities surrounding a broad portfolio of devices, including TVs, monitors, Blu-ray players and other connected consumer digital products. Under his leadership, the division has maintained its No.1 status in terms of global market share for TVs, monitors and Blu-ray players. In addition, he has successfully led several efforts to commercialize market-leading innovations such as Samsung’s LED TV in 2009 and, most recently, the company’s total 3D entertainment solution – a full product suite consisting of TVs, Blu-ray home theater systems and glasses that make it possible for consumers to enjoy 3D content in the comfort of their homes.

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