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GM Chairman To Keynote At CES

8/27/2007 01:17:00 PM Eastern

Arlington, Va. — Rick Wagoner, chairman/CEO of General Motors, will deliver a keynote address at the 2008 International CES, according to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the show’s producer.

Wagoner joins a lineup of CES keynote speakers, including executives from Microsoft, Panasonic and Intel, slated to make major presentations at CES. The 2008 International CES will return to Las Vegas, Jan. 7-10, 2008.

Wagoner’s keynote address is slated for day two of the show, Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 4:30 p.m., and will mark General Motors’ first keynote address at the International CES.

“The consumer technology and automotive industries continue to intertwine as consumers demand more innovation and functionality from in-vehicle electronics products. This exciting keynote address by the world’s largest automaker is further proof that the International CES is the must-attend event for in-vehicle technology,” said Gary Shapiro, CEA’s president/CEO. “We’re thrilled to have Rick Wagoner speak at the 2008 CES and look forward to hearing his vision for the growth of consumer technology in the automotive industry.”

Total shipment revenues in the mobile video and navigation categories are forecasted to increase by an astounding 41 percent in 2007, reaching nearly $2.3 billion.

Rick Wagoner was elected GM chairman/CEO on May 1, 2003, and has served as president and CEO since June 2000.

Wagoner joins such other top-level executives as Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Panasonic’s Toshihiro Sakamoto and Intel’s Paul Otellini as confirmed keynote speakers for the 2008 CES.