Ford CEO Set for CES 2018 Opening Keynote The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced that Ford Motor Company's president and CEO Jim Hackett will take the keynote stage to discuss mobility solutions and smart cities at CES 2018.RS Staff ⋅ Nov 7, 2017 The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced that Ford Motor Company’s president and CEO Jim Hackett will take the keynote stage to discuss mobility solutions and smart cities at CES 2018. Following CTA president and CEO Gary Shapiro’s opening keynote, Hackett will deliver his keynote at 8:30-10 AM, Tuesday, January 9, in the Venetian’s Palazzo Ballroom. Owned and produced by CTA, CES 2018 will run January 9-12, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Ford continues its long leadership in using technology to transform the auto industry and drive a revolution in mobility that champions innovation and safety. Today, Ford is a global leader in amazing developments in self-driving technologies, smart cities, vehicle-to-vehicle communications, and beyond,” Shapiro said. “We are excited to welcome Jim to CES 2018 keynote stage for the first time and look forward to hearing Ford’s transformational and forward-thinking ideas.” Hackett’s keynote address will focus on the development of mobility solutions as the world progresses towards smarter cities. Ford’s vision, under Hackett’s leadership, is to become the world’s most trusted mobility company, designing smart vehicles for a smart world that help people move more safely, confidently and freely. CTA predicts that there will be 88 smart cities by 2025 and global spending on smart cities is projected to reach more than $34 billion by 2020. CTA will launch CES Smart Cities at CES 2018, which is designed to showcase innovation and thought leadership in smart cities. The conference and exhibit will bring together the entire connected smart cities ecosystem. During the show, Ford will be located in Tech East – LVCC, North Hall – Booth 5002.