2011 CES Keynote Addresses: Tech Dignitaries to Offer Insights

2011 CES Keynote Addresses: Tech Dignitaries to Offer Insights


The 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which will run January 6-9, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada, is expecting more than 120,000 attendees from 130 countries who will visit the booths of 2,500 exhibitors boasting hefty portfolios of the latest consumer tech products. CES, produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA),  connects the growing segments of the consumer electronics industry, helping to enable CE innovations to grow and thrive. This year’s show promises to have a strong panel of keynote speakers, headlined by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who will again get things going with his preconvention address.



January 5, 2011

6:30 p.m., Las Vegas Hilton Center

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO

Microsoft’s chief executive officer, Steve Ballmer, again delivers the 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.” 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.


January 6, 2011

8:30 a.m., Las Vegas Hilton Center

State of the CE Industry Address, Gary Shapiro, CEA President and CEO

Opening Keynote, Ivan Seidenberg, Verizon CEO

Ivan Seidenberg, chairman of the board and CEO of Verizon, has led Verizon since its inception in 2000 following the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE. He 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 network. 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. Seidenberg will deliver his CES keynote following a State of the CE Industry address delivered by Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA.


11 a.m., Las Vegas Hilton Theater

Rupert Stadler, Audi AG Chairman of the Board

The 2011 show marks Audi’s first International CES keynote. Rupert Stadler was named chairman of the board of management of Audi AG in January 2007. Additionally, he was appointed to the board of management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft on January 1, 2010. Stadler joined Audi AG, Ingolstadt, in 1990, where he assumed various controlling tasks in Marketing and Sales. He switched to Volkswagen/Audi España SA, Barcelona, as commercial director in 1994. From 1997, Stadler was head of the board of Management’s Office for the Volkswagen Group, and from January 2002, he also headed Group Product Planning. In April 2003, he became responsible for the company’s Finance and Organization division and performed this task as a dual function with his role as board chairman until August 31, 2007.


4:30 p.m., Las Vegas Hilton Center

Boo-Keun Yoon, Samsung President and General Manager, 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, Samsung’s Visual Display division has maintained its No.1 status in terms of global market share for TVs, monitors and Blu-ray players. He also has successfully led several efforts to commercialize market-leading innovations, such as Samsung’s LED TV in 2009 and total 3D entertainment solution—a product suite consisting of TVs, Blu-ray home theater systems and glasses that make it possible for consumers to enjoy 3D content in their homes.


January 7, 2011

9 a.m., Las Vegas Hilton Theater

CES Innovation Power Panel: Cisco CEO John Chambers; GE chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immel; and Xerox chairman and CEO Ursula Burns

The CES Innovation Power Panel is a first-of-its kind CES keynote panel that brings together three dynamic executives who are global leaders at the forefront of innovation. The CEOs of these three Fortune 500 companies will provide insight on how innovation is core to their respective success.

John Chambers has helped grow Cisco from $70 million when he joined the company in January 1991 to $1.2 billion when he assumed the role of CEO, to its current run rate of more than $40 billion. In November 2006 Chambers was named chairman of the board in addition to CEO. He has received several awards for his leadership and has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, one of Barron’s world’s best CEOs, the best boss in America by 20/20 and one of BusinessWeek’s top 25 executives worldwide.

Jeffrey Immelt has been with GE since 1982 and has held several leadership positions, including in GE’s Plastics, Appliance and Medical businesses. Immelt has been named one of the World’s Best CEOs three times by Barron’s, and since he began serving as CEO, GE has been named America’s Most Admired Company in a poll conducted by Fortune magazine and one of The World’s Most Respected Companies in polls by Barron’s and the Financial Times.

Ursula Burns first starting at Xerox in 1980 as a mechanical engineering summer intern, and worked her way up to lead various organizations, including Xerox’s global research and product development, marketing and delivery. She was named CEO in July 2009 and has since been instrumental in driving the acquisition of Affiliated Computer Services. Burns has been recognized for her leadership by both Fortune and Forbes magazine’s Most Powerful Women lists. And under her watch, Xerox was named to Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s The World’s 25 Most Inventive Companies. Burns was named by President Obama to help lead the White House national program on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and was appointed vice chair of the President’s Export Council in March 2010.


11 a.m., Las Vegas Hilton Center

Alan Mulally, Ford Motor Company President and CEO

Alan Mulally has been instrumental in Ford’s leadership in the automotive industry and its success in a challenging economy. In 2006, he joined Ford, after serving as executive vice president of Boeing and president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. He is known for his innovative and focused leadership, while working to transform Ford into a lean global enterprise. He has served as a past president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and is a former president of its foundation. Additionally, he served as a past chairman of the board of governors of the Aerospace Industries Association and was named to Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2009, Person of the Year in 2006 by Aviation Week magazine and one of The Best Leaders of 2005 by BusinessWeek.