Gary Shapiro

President and CEO

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)

8:30-9 AM January 9

The Venetian, Palazzo Ballroom

Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies and which owns and produces CES®  – The Global Stage for Innovation.

Shapiro directs a staff of more than 160 employees and thousands of industry volunteers, leading the organization’s promotion of innovation as a national policy to spur the economy, create jobs and cut the deficit. CTA advocates for skilled immigration, free trade and eliminating regulatory and tax burdens on innovators that delay, restrict or ban products and services. CTA does not seek government funding for industry.

Shapiro authored CTA’s New York Times best-sellers, “Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses” (Harper Collins, 2013) and “The Comeback: How Innovation will Restore the American Dream” (Beaufort, 2011). Through these books and television appearances, and as a columnist whose more than 800 opinion pieces have appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post, Shapiro has helped direct policymakers and business leaders on the importance of innovation in the U.S. economy. He is considered an "influencer" on LinkedIn and has more than 250,000 followers.