Arlington, VA — President and CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo will deliver a keynote address at the Leaders in Technology Dinner (LIT), to be held at the 2009 International CES. Produced by CEA, the 2009 International CES, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, will return to Las Vegas, January 8-11, 2009.
Kallasvuo’s address will kick off the annual Leaders in Technology Dinner, which honors the technologists, entrepreneurs, and policymakers who drive innovation. The dinner is scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, January 9, 2009, at The Venetian.
“We are thrilled to welcome Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo back to the CES stage as the keynote speaker for the 2009 Leaders in Technology Dinner,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “Kallasvuo is the driving force behind the success of Nokia, the largest manufacturer of mobile devices and one of the premiere telecommunications corporations in the world. His insight and innovation have benefited the consumer technology industry and consumers around the world. He is an industry visionary, and we look forward to his address.”
Nokia began in 1865 as a paper mill in rural Finland, and has reinvented itself throughout its history. Now, Kallasvuo is leading another transformation as Nokia expands into a wide array of Internet-based services.
The company has the largest customer base for any consumer durable in the world, with more than one billion people using Nokia devices. For the past two years, Nokia has ranked 5th on Interbrand/BusinessWeek’s Best Global Brands List, and was the number one consumer electronics corporation named.
Kallasvuo has been a member of the Nokia Group Executive Board since 1990 and was named President and CEO of Nokia in 2006. He held several executive positions after joining Nokia in 1980 as corporate counsel, including executive vice president, North America, and CFO.
The Leaders in Technology Program at CES allows high-level public policymakers and technologists to learn from the 2,700 exhibitors and thousands of new products that contribute to a dynamic industry that supports $600 billion in retail worldwide. The program also provides information and insight to assist officials in evaluating federal policies that affect the consumer technology industry.
The Leaders in Technology Dinner is an invitation-only event; however, tickets can be purchased for $500. For more information on the Leaders in Technology Program, or to purchase tickets, please contact Jill Wiener at 703.907.4316.