Arlington, Va. — The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), producers of International CES, report that that Brian L. Roberts, chairman/CEO of Comcast, will join the lineup of keynote speakers at the 2008 show.
Roberts rounds out the 2008 CES keynote program, which includes the top executives from Microsoft, Panasonic, Intel and GM. The 2008 International CES will return to Las Vegas, Jan. 7-10, 2008.
Roberts’ keynote address, which marks Comcast’s first CES keynote, is scheduled for the second day of the show, Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 9 a.m.
"As the home entertainment and CE markets continue to converge, providing seamless connectivity of content to households around the world, we are thrilled to have the leader of the nation’s largest provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services join the lineup of keynote speakers at the 2008 CES," said Gary Shapiro, CEA president/CEO. "Brian Roberts has been instrumental in the growth and development of the cable and telecommunications industries, and we look forward to hearing his vision for the expansion of the home network and its impact on the content community."
Under Roberts’ direction, Comcast has grown into a Fortune 100 company with $25 billion in revenues in 2006, 24.1 million customers and 90,000 employees. In addition to his leadership position with Comcast, Roberts also is the chairman of the board of directors of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), where he is serving his second consecutive term after elected chairman in 2005. He also previously served as NCTA chairman from 1995 to 1996, when the landmark deregulatory 1996 Telecommunications Act became law. In addition, Roberts has served two terms as chairman of CableLabs, the research and development consortium for the cable industry.