Arlington , Va — The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has chosen a new slate of volunteer industry leaders on its Government Affairs Council (GAC). As the leading trade association dedicated to public policy advocacy for the consumer electronics and technology industries, CEA plays a key leadership role in a wide range of technology policy issues.
As CEA has grown to become one of the 15 largest trade associations, encompassing more than 2,200 of the nations most innovative technology companies, our policy advocacy is consistently ranked by these companies as a top benefit of CEA membership, said Michael Petricone, senior vice president, government affairs for CEA. The diversity of industry segments represented by CEAs volunteer leaders — including wireless, in-vehicle technology, broadband, retailers, next-generation networks, and content — demonstrates that CEA truly is the hub of technology industry policy advocacy.
CEAs Government Affairs Council will be chaired by Derek Khlopin of Nokia Inc. and the following industry leaders will chair working groups within the GAC: Environmental Policy Committee, Mark Sharp of Panasonic Corp. of North America; Energy Efficiency, Theresa Jordan of Motorola; Spectrum Policy, Paul Schomburg of Panasonic and Cecily Cohen of Nokia; Product Safety, Jeff Howell of Toshiba; Telecommunications, Jim Morgan of Sony Electronics Inc.; Trade and Logistics, Brendan Harrington of Eastman Kodak Co.; and Intellectual Property, Johanna Shelton of Google Inc.
We focus on policy issues that have a critical impact on our members businesses, from trade to broadband, from energy and the environment to intellectual property and the DTV transition, Petricone continued. The volunteer leaders of CEA are strong advocates in the fight for consumer freedom to enjoy digital technologies.