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Major Corporate Execs Join CES 2007 Keynote Lineup

The CEA has announced new additions to its CES 2007 keynote itinerary, including the CEO of Cisco Systems and the head of Dell.

Arlington, VAThe Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced that Cisco Systems president and CEO John Chambers will deliver an Industry Insider address at the 2007 International CES. Produced by CEA, the 2007 International CES consumer technology tradeshow will return to Las Vegas January 8-11, 2007 to celebrate the show’s 40th anniversary.

Chambers’ address is slated for Tuesday, January 9, at 11 a.m. at the Las Vegas Hilton Theater, home to the entire Industry Insiders Series for the 2007 show.

“John Chambers is an industry innovator with a clear vision for the future of the connected consumer. Under Chambers’ direction, Cisco continues to serve as the lead provider of networking solutions connecting consumers, businesses, and government leaders across the globe,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “We are thrilled to have John at CES as a highlighted speaker, since his previous appearances, including his 1999 CES keynote address, were very popular and well-received. We look forward to hearing John’s views on the evolution of consumer connectivity at the 2007 International CES.”

John Chambers was named president and CEO of Cisco Systems in 1995. Under his leadership the company has grown from $1.2 billion in revenues to approximately $28.5 billion and more than 49,000 employees. Cisco is a worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. Through its ground breaking innovations in advanced networking technologies and the acquisitions of Linksys and Scientific Atlanta, Cisco continues to help shape and build today’s connected life.

Also joining the keynote lineup are Michael Dell and Tom Freston for Day Two keynote addresses at The Venetian.

Michael Dell, founder and chairman of Dell, will kick off day two with a keynote address on Tuesday, January 9, at 9 a.m. Tom Freston, president and CEO of Viacom, will complete day two of the 2007 International CES with an address at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday afternoon. Both Dell and Freston will deliver their company’s first keynote addresses at the International CES. All keynotes for the 2007 show will take place in the Venetian’s Palazzo Ballroom.

“CES and our attendees are fortunate to have the brightest and most innovative minds in technology and content delivering keynote addresses at this year’s show,” said Shapiro. “These industry heavyweights have made their mark by finding innovative ways to bring technology, programming and content into the daily lives of consumers across the globe. They help cement CES’ position as the true intersection of the technology and content industries.”

Michael Dell is the chairman of Dell, the company he founded in 1984 with the revolutionary idea of building relationships directly with customers. This focus has positioned Dell to sell more systems globally than any other computer company. Under Dell’s leadership, Dell remains the leading technology supplier and partner, selling a comprehensive portfolio of products directly to corporations and consumers worldwide. In 1992, Mr. Dell became the youngest CEO ever of a company to earn a ranking on the Fortune 500.

Tom Freston served as Viacom’s co-president and co-chief operating officer prior to becoming president and CEO on January 1, 2006, and currently serves on the company’s board of directors. Prior to his executive positions at Viacom, Freston served as chairman and chief executive officer of MTV Networks from 1987-2004. Freston has been a key figure in revolutionizing Viacom–which owns major brands such as MTV, VH1, BET, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central–innto one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.

Dell and Freston join other confirmed CES keynoters, Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Motorola’s Ed Zander and Disney’s Robert Iger, to round out the 2007 International CES keynote line-up.

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