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Over 1,200 Thought Leaders at CES 2020 Prove Tech is Changing Lives and Transforming Industries

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CES® 2020, the world’s largest and most influential technology event, proved that CES is the platform to show why and how companies are embracing tech in their business. CES has evolved from a traditional technology tradeshow into a global event featuring more than 300 conference sessions and 1,200 industry thought leaders across many stages at CES 2020. Industry thought leaders included top CEOs and senior leaders from the most well-known global brands and businesses on the keynote stage, government officials from around the world and business professionals from companies large and small.

“CES 2020 was the stage for thought leaders to provide insights on how tech is changing our lives for the better and transforming industries,” said Karen Chupka, EVP, CES. “The CES Conference Program aligns with key and emerging tech trends, and we are continuously adding new tracks to ensure all aspects of innovation are covered in these thoughtful discussions.”=

CES 2020 added six new conference tracks featuring key companies that use tech to influence their industry. New tracks included: Travel & TourismPrivacy & SecurityInnovation for AllGaming and EsportsDrone Operations and Innovation and Home Entertainment.

The CES keynote stage featured leaders representing major global industries who shared their insights into how technology is changing lives. Keynote addresses included:

  • Samsung President and CEO of Consumer Electronics Division Mr. Hyun-Suk Kim. Additional speakers included:

Sebastian Seung, Executive Vice President, chief Research Scientist of Samsung Research
Tadashi Ted Funahashi, MD, Chief Innovation Officer, Kaiser Permanente Southern California
Federico Casalengno, Senior Vice President, Head of Samsung Design Innovation Center
Emily Becher, Senior Vice President, Head of Samsung NEXT Global

  • Daimler Chairman Ola Källenius. Additional speakers included:

Chi-Lan Lieu, TV Host, Technology Expert and Event Moderator
Jon Landau, Producer, Lightstorm Entertainment
Gordon Wagener, Chief Design Officer, Mercedes-Benz
Vera Schmidt, Director Advanced Experience Design, Mercedes-Benz
Ben Procter, Production Designer, Lightstorm Entertainment
Aashrita Kamath, Supervising Art Director, Lightstorm Entertainment
Alexander Mankowsky, Futurologist, Mercedes-Benz
James Cameron, Director, Screenwriter and Producer, Lightstorm Entertainment

  • Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian. Additional speakers included:Sandy Gordon, Senior Vice President, Airport Operations, Delta Air Lines

John Zimmer, Co-Founder and President, Lyft
Albert Ng, CEO, Misapplied Sciences
Nicole Jones, Global Innovation Leader, Delta Air Lines
Lulu Wang, Writer and Director
Hugh Evans, Co-founder and CEO, Global Citizen

  • NBCUniversal Chairman of Advertising and Partnerships Linda Yaccarino with special guests Terry Crews, Ester Dean, Kate del Castillo, Mandy Moore, and Natalie Morales
  • Quibi CEO Meg Whitman and Founder Jeffrey Katzenberg. Additional speakers included:

Tom Concord, Chief Product Officer, Quibi
Ty Sheridan, Actor
Zach Wechter, Director and Executive Producer
Rob Post, Chief Technology Officer, Quibi
Tariq Shaukat, President, Industry Product & Solutions, Google Cloud
Adam Harter, SVP, Sports, Media, and Entertainment, PepsiCo
Mike Sievert, President and COO, T-Mobile

  • U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao. Additional speakers included:

Michael Kratsios, Chief Technology Officer of the United States, The White House

  • Salesforce Chairman and co-CEO Marc Benioff; Unilever CEO Alan Jope; MediaLink Chairman and CEO Michael Kassan. Additional Speakers included:

Jim Bankoff, Chairman and CEO, Vox Media
Suzy Deering, Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Global Brand, eBay Americas
Julie Loeger, EVP, President of U.S. Cards, Discover Financial Services
Tim Mapes, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Delta Air Lines
Michael Roth, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Interpublic

  • Presidential Advisor Ivanka Trump

CES Conference Program SuperSessions highlighted industry trends and senior executives sharing predictions for the year ahead. Notable SuperSessions included:

  • Fireside chat with FTC Chairman Joseph Simons and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
  • Chief Privacy Officer Roundtable with executives from Facebook, Apple, Procter & Gamble and the FTC
  • Examination of IoT with leaders from CNET/CBS Interactive, Affectiva, Google Nest, Loup Ventures, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation; and How 5G Will Change Lives with Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon
  • What’s Next for the Fourth Industrial Revolution? with Siemens USA CEO, Barbara Humpton
  • Discussion on Quantum Computing with leaders from IBM

CES is an international business show and CES 2020 had more than 45 government leaders who participated as speakers this year. International leaders included:   

  • Anat Bonshtien, Chairman and Director, Fuel Choices and Smart Mobility Initiative, Prime Minister’s Office (Israel)
  • Carlos Reyes, Housing Policy Director, Ministry of Housing, Cities and Territory (Colombia)
  • Jessica Uguccioni, Lawyer, Law Commission (United Kingdom)
  • Mattia Fantinati, Member of Parliament, Republic of Italy
  • Mohammed Danjuma, Coordinator, North East Recovery and Stability Program, The North East Development Commission (Nigeria)
  • Nelly Florida Riama, Director of Research and Development Center, Indonesian Agency for Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics
  • Park Won-soon, Mayor of Seoul, Seoul Metropolitan Government
  • Peter Brown, Technology Adviser, First Counsellor, Liaison Office with US Congress, European Parliament
  • Saber Chowdhury, Member of Parliament, Government of Bangladesh

CES is also the home for pioneers in the marketing, entertainment and media industries to discover disruptive tech trends impacting content consumption, advertising mediums and consumer behavior. C Space conference tracks, such as CMO Insights and C Space Storytellers, featured top stars in the industry. Speakers included:

  • Alicia Keys, Grammy Award-Winning Artist
  • Andrea Mallard, CMO, Pinterest
  • Antonio Lucio, Chief Marketing Officer, Facebook
  • Diana O’Brien, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Deloitte
  • Marc Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer, P&G
  • Mark Read, CEO, WPP
  • Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient
  • Stephanie McMahon, Chief Brand Officer, WWE

Other featured speakers at CES 2020 included:

  • Amy EmmerichPresident and Chief Content Officer, Refinery29 
  • Dr. Mehmet OzNY Presbyterian – Columbia Medical Center, Dr. Oz Show 
  • Jim Bankoff, Chairman & CEO, Vox Media
  • Katie CouricEmmy-winning Journalist and Founder, Katie Couric Media 
  • Liz Claman, Anchor, FOX Business
  • Michelle McKenna, Chief Information Officer, NFL 
  • Mark Cuban, Entrepreneur and Judge, Shark Tank
  • Pat Brown, CEO, Impossible Foods

CES returns to Las Vegas January 6-9, 2021. Visit

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