Arlington, Va. - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today announced that Zhou Houjian, chairman of Hisense, will deliver a keynote address at the 2010 International CES as part of the third annual Technology and Emerging Countries (TEC) Program, which focuses on technology's role in advancing economic development.
"CES is the trade show where global companies do business, and Zhou Houjian is a key addition to the CES keynote lineup because of Hisense's stature in China and its growing presence in the worldwide electronics industry," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. "Global companies know that CES is the best venue for exhibiting and making deals, and we are pleased to welcome a major multinational company like Hisense to the CES keynote stage to unveil its innovative global vision."
Zhou Houjian will give his keynote presentation as part of the TEC Program at the 2010 International CES at 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 8, in the Hilton Theater.
Under Zhou Houjian's leadership, Hisense Group has grown from a small regional multimillion dollar company to a large global multibillion dollar conglomerate. With a worldwide workforce of more than 60,000 employees, Hisense has more than 300 sales companies and more than 60,000 service outlets around the globe. It has 13 manufacturing facilities in China, as well as in North and South Africa, and France (Hisense Productive Force). In addition, it has three R&D facilities in China, as well as in the U.S., South Africa and Belgium. Its products are exported to 130 countries and regions throughout the world.
Currently, Zhou serves as chairman of Hisense Group. Zhou has twice won the honor of "China Central Television's Business Man of the Year" (2000 and 2005), a similar award to Time Magazine's Man of the Year. He is also recognized as one of the most influential persons since China's economic reform policy was established in 1978 and has been named as one of the "Top Ten Electronic Information Leaders since China's Economic Reform."
The 2010 CES marks the first time that an executive from Hisense has delivered a keynote address at CES. Houjian will join other confirmed CES keynote speakers, including Microsoft's Steve Ballmer and Intel's Paul Otellini.
Owned and produced by CEA, the 2010 International CES is the world's largest trade show for consumer technology and the largest exhibition platform of global technology companies. The 2010 CES returns to Las Vegas, Jan. 7-10, 2010.
For information on all of the global companies exhibiting at the 2010 International CES, and to register, please visit www.cesweb.org.