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Hirai To Give 2014 CES Keynote

Arlington, Va. – Kazuo Hirai, Sony Corp. president and CEO, will deliver the opening morning Tech Titans keynote address at the 2014 International CES, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) said Tuesday.

Hirai will share his unique perspective and insights on the latest innovations in the worlds of both content and hardware.

The 2014 International CES will run Jan. 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hirai’s address will take place at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, in the Venetian’s Palazzo Ballroom, directly following a State of the Industry Address by Gary Shapiro, CEA president and CEO.

“Sony is a global brand synonymous with innovation and cutting-edge technology,” Shapiro said in announcing Hirai’s keynote. “There is no better way to kick off the world’s greatest innovation event than a keynote from one of the leading brands in the industry,  bringing content and technology together to transform  the way we live, work and play. We are thrilled to welcome Kaz Hirai to the 2014 CES keynote stage and are excited to hear his insight surrounding the next generation of consumer technology.”

Hirai was appointed representative corporate executive officer, president and CEO of Sony Corp. in April 2012 and was appointed director of the Sony board in June 2012. He began his career with CBS/Sony (now Sony Music Entertainment Japan) in 1984.

In 1995 he joined Sony Computer Entertainment America, and in 1999 he was appointed president and chief operating officer, SCEA with responsibility for overall operational management of the U.S. game business.

Hirai assumed responsibility for all of Sony’s consumer electronics products and services, global software, sales and marketing and design platforms, in April 2011.

Hirai’s CES address will be part of the Tech Titans keynote series, where CEOs from the most powerful companies in technology present their vision for revolutions in products, services and networks that will shape the next wave of innovation.

Additional keynotes at the 2014 CES will be held as part of the Technology Innovators keynote series. The new series will offer insight by innovators, thought leaders and disruptors – the “rock stars” of their industries, CEA said.

More keynote speakers for both the Tech Titans and Technology Innovators series will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2014 CES will feature more than 3,200 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across the entire ecosystem of consumer technologies.