World’s leading executives headline world’s biggest tech show

By Martin Vedris

ARLINGTON, USA: Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Panasonic’s Toshihiro Sakamoto and Intel’s Paul Otellini will deliver keynote speeches at the world’s largest tradeshow for consumer technology, the International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, from January 7-10, 2008.

The 2008 International CES will feature 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.

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 the Xbox, Tablet PC, eBook, Microsoft TV and Windows Vista.

Panasonic’s 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.

Upcoming Events

2007 SINOCES: July 6-9, 2007, Qingdao, China

CEA Industry Forum: October 15-17, 2007, San Diego, CA

EHX Fall 2007: November 6-9, 2007, Long Beach, CA

Future of Television Forum: November 8-9, 2007, New York, NY

CONNECTIONS Europe: December 4-6, 2007, Berlin, Germany

2008 International CES: January 7 – 10, 2008, Las Vegas, NV

2008 PARA Conference: March 11-13, 2008, Orlando, FL

EHX Spring 2008: March 11-15, 2008

CEA Washington Forum: April 2-4, 2008,  Washington, DC

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