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Tech Giants Top 2008 CES Keynote Schedule

Microsofts Bill Gates, Panasonics Toshihiro Sakamoto and Intels Paul Otellini to deliver 2008 CES keynotes at The Venetian.

Arlington, VA–The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has chosen top executives from Microsoft, Panasonic, and Intel to deliver keynote addresses at the 2008 International CES.

Microsoft chairman, Bill Gate, will deliver a pre-show keynote address on Sunday, January 6, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. Toshihiro Sakamoto, president, Panasonic AVC Networks Company, will kick off the 2008 International CES at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, January 7 with an opening keynote, immediately following a State of the Industry Address by Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA. Intel CEO Paul Otellini will round out day one with a keynote address at 4:30 p.m., Monday afternoon. All CES keynote addresses will take place at The Venetians Palazzo Ballroom.

What an incredible line up of industry visionaries to kick off the 2008 International CES. Bill Gates, Toshihiro Sakamoto, and Paul Otellini are industry pioneers who have revolutionized the consumer technology industry through innovative and ground-breaking ideas, Shapiro said. We look forward to hearing their visions for the future of consumer technology, particularly the impact new consumer technology products will have on digital content and services.

Gates has previously used CES to preview products and technology on the horizon for consumers. Microsofts previous product debuts at CES include consumer technologies and services such as the Xbox, Tablet PC, eBook, Microsoft TV, and Windows Vista.

Toshihiro Sakamoto has been responsible for creating and driving the companys digital consumer electronics device strategies for flat-panel displays and other high-definition networkable products. A seasoned global manager, his career includes two years as president of Taiwan Matsushita Electric and three assignments to Panasonic companies in the U.S. which totaled 14 years.

Paul Otellini became CEO of Intel Corp. in 2005, after serving as the president and chief operating officer for three years. Otellini, who joined Intel in 1974, previously held senior management positions where he managed all Intel microprocessor product divisions as well as the companys global sales and marketing operations. Otellini was responsible for driving Intels shift from focusing solely on producing fast microprocessors, commonly known as the PCs brain, to combining high-performance, energy-efficient microprocessors with additional integrated technologies.

Additional industry leaders will keynote at the 2008 International CES. Details will be announced this fall.