Despite the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic, this year, as in the past, CES will stand for innovators and the promise and power of technology. CES 2021 keynote addresses showcase global industry leaders who will offer insider insights into the technologies changing the industry and our lives.
January 11: 6:30–7:30 p.m. EST
Hans Vestberg, Verizon chairman and CEO, will deliver the CES 2021 kickoff keynote address. He will discuss 5G as the framework of the 21st century, as well as the essential technology of the present and the accelerated tech of the future. Verizon believes 5G will move the global community forward, including telemedicine and also tele-education.
Vestberg assumed the role of CEO in August 2018 and the role of chairman in March 2019. Prior to that, he served as Verizon’s chief technology officer and president of Global Networks from 2017. He was responsible for further developing the architecture for Verizon’s fiber-centric networks.
At Verizon, he has focused on delivering seamless experiences for customers over network assets. These assets consist of the country’s leading 4G LTE network; the largest 5G test-bed in the U.S.; the nation’s biggest residential fiber network; a global Internet backbone; and an undersea cable network carrying much of the world’s Internet traffic. Moreover, its fiber assets are in 45 of the top 50 markets in the U.S.
General Motors Keynote
January 12: 9–10 a.m. EST
Mary Barra, General Motors chairman and CEO, will present the opening keynote address during CES 2021. Barra’s keynote will share a closer look at GM’s transformational strategy to advance mobility for communities around the world. Laying the foundation for an all-electric future is just the beginning for GM.
Barra has served as CEO of GM since January 15, 2014; she has been chairman of the GM board of directors since January 4, 2016. Barra began her career with GM in 1980 as a co-op student at the Pontiac Motor Division. She has since held various roles within the company. These comprise executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing & Supply Chain; vice president of Global Human Resources; and vice president of Global Manufacturing Engineering.
January 12: 11 a.m.–12 p.m. EST
Dr. Lisa Su, AMD president and CEO, will keynote during CES 2021. She will present AMD’s vision for the future of research, education, work, entertainment and gaming. She will also discuss a portfolio of high-performance computing and graphics solutions.
Dr. Su has held the position of AMD president and chief executive officer since October 2014. In addition, she serves on the AMD board of directors. In 2014, Dr. Su was chief operating officer responsible for integrating AMD’s business units, sales, global operations and infrastructure enablement teams into a single market-facing organization responsible for product strategy and execution.
She joined AMD in January 2012 as senior vice president as well as general manager, global business units. At that time, she was responsible for driving end-to-end business execution of AMD products and solutions.
CES Tech Talk Featured Podcast: Putting People First—A Conversation with Sony
In the CES featured podcast, Sony discusses how it can make life somewhat “normal” for its employees during the Covid-19 pandemic; how does it accomplish this as a leading global technology brand? Find out Sony’s approach to adjusting to work life during the pandemic.
The podcast also takes a deeper dive into the company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives in this episode of CES Tech Talk.