CES 2018 Preview: Keynote Addresses

CES 2018 Preview: Keynote Addresses


Under the banner “CES stands for innovators and the promise and power of technology,” the CES 2018 keynote addresses will showcase six global industry leaders. They will each offer insider insights into the technologies that are changing the consumer technology industry and all of our lives.

The keynotes will take place in two venues this year: the Venetian’s Palazzo Ballroom and a new location for 2018, the Monte Carlo’s Park Theater. As always, seating for the keynote presentations is first come, first served. CES 2018, owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 9–12, 2018.

CES 2018 Keynote Addresses

January 8, 2018
6:30–7:30 p.m.
Monte Carlo, Park Theater
Brian Krzanich, CEO, Intel

Brian Krzanich is the chief executive officer of Intel. He was elected CEO in May 2013 after serving in a variety of technical and leadership roles in manufacturing and as the company’s chief operating officer.

Brian Krzanich

As CEO, Krzanich is transforming Intel from a PC-centric to a data-centric company. Under his leadership, Intel has expanded in markets like memory, modems and programmable solutions while investing in emerging areas like AI, 5G and autonomous driving. These efforts have aligned Intel around what Krzanich sees as its greatest opportunities for growth and invention—all driven by the explosion of data.

Krzanich has also brought diversity and inclusion to the forefront of Intel’s priorities, committing to full representation of women and underrepresented minorities in Intel’s U.S. workforce by the end of 2018.

January 9, 2018
8:30–9:00 a.m.
Venetian, Palazzo Ballroom
Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)

Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association. CTA is the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies. It also owns and produces CES.

Gary Shapiro

Shapiro directs a staff of more than 160 employees and thousands of industry volunteers. He leads the organization’s promotion of innovation as a national policy to spur the economy, create jobs and cut the deficit.

CTA advocates for skilled immigration, free trade and eliminating regulatory and tax burdens on innovators that delay, restrict or ban products and services. CTA does not seek government funding.

Shapiro authored CTA’s New York Times best sellers Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses (Harper Collins, 2013) and The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream (Beaufort, 2011). Through these books and television appearances, and as a columnist whose more than 800 opinion pieces have appeared in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Washington Post, Shapiro has helped direct policymakers and business leaders on the importance of innovation in the U.S. economy. He is considered an “influencer” on LinkedIn and has more than 250,000 followers.

9:00-10:00 a.m.
Venetian, Palazzo BallroomJim Hackett, President and CEO, Ford Motor Company

Jim Hackett

Under Jim Hackett’s leadership, together with Bill Ford, Ford is strengthening its automotive business and accelerating a strategic shift to capitalize on opportunities during a transformative period for the auto industry and the broader mobility space.

In March 2016, Hackett was named chairman of Ford Smart Mobility LLC. The subsidiary of Ford was formed to accelerate the company’s plans to design, build, grow and invest in emerging mobility services.

2:00–3:00 p.m.
Venetian, Palazzo Ballroom
Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group

Chengdong (Richard) Yu is the chief executive officer of Huawei Consumer Business Group. In this role, he is responsible for the communication and implementation of the group’s overall business strategy, performance and growth. Yu also serves as a member of the board of directors for Huawei Technologies.

Richard Yu

Yu began his career at Huawei in 1993 as a software engineer and rose to become the chief technology engineer in the Wireless Network Product Line. He was responsible for establishing Huawei’s Analog Radio Access, as well as the research and development of the GSM, UMTS and CDMA2000 network standards and products.

Other positions he has held include vice president of the Huawei Wireless Product Line and vice president of Huawei Global Product Marketing.

As a wireless technology expert as well as business leader with 20+ years of experience, Yu has been one of the core pioneers who has exponentially grown Huawei into a global corporation. He has shaped key functions such as R&D, technology and product strategy development, as well as sales and marketing.

Prior to his position as CEO, Yu held a number of key executive positions. These included head of the European region from 2008–2010 and also president of the Huawei Wireless Product Line. Under his leadership, Huawei Europe won key contracts with major telecommunication operators in the region. As a result, it became one of the top telecom equipment providers worldwide. This achievement established Huawei as a global force in the industry.

January 10, 2018
3:00–4:00 p.m.
Monte Carlo, Park Theater
Reimagining Television: A Conversation with Hulu and Turner

John Martin, Chairman and CEO, Turner—a Time Warner Co.

John Martin is chairman and CEO of Turner, a Time Warner company. The company has a portfolio of news, entertainment, kids and young adult, as well as sports networks and businesses.

John Martin

These include CNN/U.S., CNN International and HLN; TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies and truTV; Cartoon Network and Adult Swim; and Turner Sports.

Prior to becoming Turner’s CEO in 2014, Martin served as Time Warner Inc.’s CFO. Before that, he was executive vice president and CFO of Time Warner Cable from 2005 to 2008. Prior to joining Time Warner Cable, he spent nearly 12 years at Time Warner Inc.

Randy Freer, CEO, Hulu

Randy Freer is CEO of Hulu. Prior to being named to his current position, Freer served as president and COO of Fox Networks Group. There he oversaw revenue, distribution, operations, business development as well as strategy for all aspects of the Fox Television Group, FX, FOX Sports and National Geographic Partners. Additionally, he was responsible for rights acquisitions and team and league relationships on behalf of FOX Sports.

Randy Freer

Previous to that, Freer served as copresident and COO of FOX Sports Media Group. In that role, he focused on growing and enhancing FOX Sports’ portfolio of league, conference and team media rights. He also oversaw the negotiations that led to long-term agreements with the National Football League, Major League Baseball, NASCAR and the USGA. In addition, he was responsible for negotiating with the Pac-12, Big 12 and Big East conferences.

Freer also played a significant role in Fox’s landmark acquisitions of the World Cup and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). ces.tech